Muslim flight attendant suspended for not serving alcohol
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.
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.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
LSU begins digitizing century-old editions of longtime campus newspaper
Hundreds of volunteers pick up litter around the capital city
New entertainment venue set to open at Mall of Louisiana in 2019
Cheeky Capitol parking lot security system strikes again
Denham Springs adds second resource officer to watch its schools