A Muslim flight attendant was in for a rude awakening last month when she refused to serve alcohol on her flights.
Charee Stanley, a Detroit-based flight attendant for ExpressJet, says that she was wrongfully suspended from her job for refusing to serve alcohol to passengers, citing her religious beliefs. According to Freep, Stanley filed a discrimination complaint on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
ExpressJet had done everything they could to accommodate Stanley’s religious beliefs, allowing her to make arrangements with other flight attendants on duty to have them serve alcohol. Lena Masri, an attorney with the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, admitted that Stanley was suspended only after one of her colleagues complained.
Masri went on to say that nobody “should have to choose between their career and religion,” and that employers must “provide a safe environment where employees can feel they can practice their religion freely.”
Stanley, 40, began working for the Atlanta-based airline three years ago. During the time period she was working for the company, she converted to Islam, and first approached her supervisors about not serving alcohol back in June. She was put on unpaid leave for a year after one of her coworkers complained.
“She was placed on unpaid leave for following the instructions that ExpressJet airlines gave her,” Masri said.
ExpressJet has released a statement saying that they do not comment on specific personal matters such as this one.
“At ExpressJet, we embrace and respect the values of all of our team members. We are an equal opportunity employer with a long history of diversity in our workforce,” the statement read.
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