Muslim flight attendant, Charee Stanley, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming she was suspended from ExpressJet for not serving alcohol due to her religious beliefs.
Attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, Lena Masri, states that Stanley followed all of management’s directions, in addition, the attendant made arrangements with her coworkers to accommodate passenger requests for alcohol.
The accommodations with her co-workers were going very well since Stanley converted to Islam about a month after becoming a flight attendant for ExpressJet.
Masri also briefly explained that ExpressJet Airlines put Stanley on administrative leave after another attendant filed “an Islamophobic complaint” referring to Stanley’s head scarf.
“We notified ExpressJet Airlines of its obligation under the law to reasonably accommodate Ms. Stanley’s religious beliefs,” said Masri said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Instead, ExpressJet close to violate Ms. Stanely’s constitutional rights, placed her on administrative leave for 12 months, after which her employment may be administratively terminated.”
“I don’t think that I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly or earning a living,” said Stanely. “I shouldn’t have to choose between one or the other because they’re both important.”
According to CBS, airline spokesman Jarek Beem stated:
“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. As Ms. Stanley is an employee, we are not able to comment on her personnel matters.”