Muslim Flight Attendant Claims She Was Suspended For Refusing To Serve Alcohol

Another lawsuit.

From The Telegraph:
A Muslim flight attendant has said she was suspended from her job for refusing to serve alcohol during flights due to her religious beliefs.

Charee Stanley, 40, has filed a complaint against ExpressJet alleging that her suspension from the Atlanta-based airline was discriminatory.

She had originally agreed with the airline that another flight attendant would serve customers who requested alcohol, but said she was suspended last month after a colleague complained. The suspension is for a full year without pay.

Lena Masri, Ms Stanley's lawyer, said her client was unfairly punished for practising her religion.

"What this case comes down to is no one should have to choose between their career and religion and it's incumbent upon employers to provide a safe environment where employees can feel they can practice their religion freely," she said.

Ms Stanley began working for ExpressJet three years ago, and converted to Islam a year later. Earlier this year she determined that her Islamic faith barred her from serving alcohol, and it was at that point that she arranged the accommodation with the airline.

Ms Masri said that the complaint filed against Ms Stanley contained "Islamophobic" overtones because it noted that she wore a headscarf and carried a book with "foreign writings".

ExpressJet released a statement saying the airline embraces diversity, but that it could not comment on personnel matters...

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