07 September 2015

Muslim flight attendant claims she was suspended for refusing to serve alcohol

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. [The Telegraph] Read more