An ExpressJet employee hailing from the Muslim community has claimed that she has been suspended from her job because she refused to serve alcohol to the passengers as serving alcohol is against her religious beliefs.
Charee Stanley, a week ago, 40, reported a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Detroit. Her attorney, according to reports, said the airline agreed to accommodate her religious beliefs, as earlier they assured that her alcohol requests on the flight would be handled by another flight attendant.
Muslim flight attendant claims she was suspended because she refused to serve alcohol
ExpressJet, despite the agreement, put her on a year unpaid leave since August this year after an another attendant complained about this matter. Reports from media revealed that Lena Masri, attorney with Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the complaint noted Stanley wore a head scarf and carried a book with “foreign writings”, which suggests”Islamophobic” overtones”
Stanley attorney said theExpressJet initially agreed to a religious accommodation and assured her that another flight attendant could handle passenger requests for alcohol.
But, the lawyer said she was put on a 12-month unpaid leave in August after another attendant complained about her.
The airline company issued a statement saying the airline values diversity but could not comment on personnel issues.
Express Jet spokesman Jarek Beem said: “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 personal matters.”