MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A Muslim flight attendant says she was suspended by ExpressJet because of her refusal to serve alcohol due to her religious beliefs.
Charee Stanley, 40, filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Detroit last week.
Her attorney says the Atlanta-based airline initially agreed to a religious accommodation, telling her another flight attendant could handle passenger requests for alcohol.
However, she said Stanley was put on a 12-month unpaid leave last month after another attendant complained.
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Lena Masri, an attorney with Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the employee’s complaint against Stanley had “Islamophobic” overtones, noting she carried a book with “foreign writings” and wore a head scarf.
ExpressJet issued a statement saying the airline values diversity but could not comment on personnel matters.