Muslim Flight Attendant Is Suspended, May Be Fired for Refusing to Serve Alcohol

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Charee Stanley, a Muslim flight attendant who refused to serve alcohol during an ExpressJet flight, is now fighting to get her job back.

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Two years ago, Stanley converted to Islam, a religion that forbids believers to drink or serve alcohol. In June, she worked out an agreement with her employer that allowed her to do something else while alcohol was served by her fellow flight attendants, and everything seemed to be fine. However, according to the Huffington Post, despite that agreement, one of Stanley’s co-workers filed a complaint against her for being “delinquent in her duties” for not serving liquor in August.

That same month, she was placed on unpaid leave for one year and threatened with termination as well as informed that their you-don’t-have-to-serve-alcohol agreement was “revoked.”

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Lena Masri of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, Stanley’s lawyer, says her client is open to mediation but if a resolution isn’t reached, they are not afraid to sue ExpressJet.

ExpressJet gave this statement to the Huffington Post:

“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.”

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Despite the small similarities between Stanley’s case and that of crazy person Kim Davis who said Christianity barred her from doing her job of handing out marriage licenses, Masri says they’re incomparable.

“She got suspended for following the directions,” Masri said to HuffPost, adding that “serving alcohol is not a central duty of being a flight attendant.”


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DISCUSSION

Accessing alcohol isn’t a federal law, nor is it a basic right, so while I’m definitely rolling my eyes at her, and anyone who imposes their arbitrary religious beliefs on those around them, I definitely don’t think she should have been fired. Otherwise, entire counties around the country should have their local governments suspended because they refuse to sell alcohol due to their backwater religious beliefs. Davis, however, denied individuals access to legal rights bc of her bigotry. Not the same.