Airline Suspends Muslim Flight Attendant for Refusing to Serve Alcohol

Airline Suspends Muslim Flight Attendant for Refusing to Serve Alcohol

Charee Stanley was suspended by her airline employer for refusing to serve alcohol during flights. The flight attendant is Muslim and could not serve the beverage because of religious reasons.

Published September 8, 2015

Charee Stanley has filed a federal suit against ExpressJet after the company suspended her for refusing to serve alcohol during flights, CNN reports. The flight attendant is Muslim and could not serve the beverage because of religious reasons.

Stanley originally spoke to her boss about her faith and not being able to carry out the task. Stanley's supervisor told her to "make arrangements with the other flight attendant on duty such that when a customer requests to be served alcohol, the other flight attendant would accommodate that request," Stanley explained in a complaint she filed last week. 

In August, the company reversed their decision and said they would no longer be giving Stanley the "religious accommodation." They later followed by placing her on administrative leave without pay for 12 months.

Stanley has now filed a federal complaint and is seeking involvement from the Equal Opportunity Commission for ExpressJet's decision to suspend her.

"At ExpressJet, we embrace and respect the values of all of our team members,” the company said in a statement, according to the Associated Press reports.

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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