Charee Stanley is a practicing Muslim. She also happens to be a flight attendant for ExpressJet.
A typical job for most stewardess is to serve customers food and beverages while on board, and that includes alcohol.
Here’s where things get tricky — Stanley reportedly refused to serve booze to ExpressJet passengers, which she believes led to her being suspended without pay.
According to Fox 2 News, Stanley is now suing the airline for “violating her religious freedom.”
Apparently, Stanley began working for ExpressJet three years ago, but converted to Islam two years ago. After learning in 2015 that her newfound faith not only forbids consuming alcohol, but also forbids serving it to others, she immediately spoke with her supervisor.
CNN reports that Stanley worked out an arrangement with her boss on June 1, 2015, where a colleague would serve passengers alcohol in Stanley’s place when she was on duty.
Lena Masri, an attorney with Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the firm representing Stanley, told the news outlet in September:
“It was at the direction of the airlines that she began coordinating with the other flight attendant on duty so that when a passenger requested alcohol, the other flight attendant would accommodate that request. We know that this arrangement has worked beautifully and without incident and that it hasn’t caused any undue burden on the airline. After all, it was the suggestion of the airline.”
But on August 25, 2015, Stanley received a letter from the airline saying they were “revoking her religious accommodation” due to complaints from flight attendants and other employees claiming she “wasn’t fulfilling her duties.”
She was then placed on unpaid leave with the potential of being fired after 12 months.
Stanley now seeks to recover “unspecified compensatory and punitive damages” from ExpressJet.
Director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Dawud Walid, explained that his organization is now representing Stanley and believes the legal action is about much more than money:
“This reasonable accommodation was then taken away from Ms. Stanley, and her rights were violated in the process. The primary duty of a flight attendant is to ensure the safety of those on the airplane.
More so beyond the damages, we want to ensure that other flight attendants that work for this airline have their rights preserved and protected.”
Walid said there were also complaints that she wore a hijab and read books in foreign languages, which he described as proof of “Islamophobia.”
ExpressJet responded to the recent controversy, saying, “it values diversity but cannot comment on specific personnel matters or ongoing litigation.”
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Do you think Stanley is justified in suing ExpressJet?
Yes, she was discriminated against.
No, she failed to do her job.
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