Express Jet: A Muslim Flight Attendant Refused To Serve Alcohol

In many Middle-east airlines, flight attendant will be required to serve alcohol in their flight.

Recently, Charee Stanley, a Muslim flight attendant said that she was suspended by ExpressJet for refusing to serve alcohol to a professional golfer. As you know, alcohol is a good drink which can help golfer recover health as long as they drink a moderate amount. However, Charee doesn’t accept this request due to her belief.

In an effort to get her job back, she filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday. Her complaint talks around the revocation of a reasonable religious accommodation.

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Her lawyer said that she want to continue working as a flight attendant without serving alcohol in accordance with her Islamic belief as she was doing before het suspension.

Lena Masri, a lawer with Michigan chapter of the Council on American- Islamic Relations stated that what this case comes down to is no one should have to choose between their career and religion and it’s necessary for the duties of employers to provide a safe environment where employees can feel they can practice their religion freely.

Stanley, 40 years old, started her career as flight attentdant for nearly three years ago. However, she converted to Islam only 2 years ago. As Masri, she said Stanley learned her belief prohibits her from both consuming alcohol and serving it, too.

On June 1,she met her supervisor and was assigned to fulfill passenger requests for alcohol.

Masri said that it was at the direction of the airlines that she began coordinating with the other flight attendant on duty so that when a passenger requested alcohol, the other flight attendant would accommodate that request.

All of Muslim flight attendant seems to be shocked when hearing this news. They actually love this job but it becomes a challenge in accordance with Islamic faith.

Masri added that we knew that this arrangement had worked beautifully and without incident. It hasn’t caused any undue burden on the airline. More than all, it was the suggestion of the airline.

This arrangement might be working out until on August 2, another flight  attendant submitted a compaint against Stanley. In her compaint, it claims she was not fulfilling her duties by refusing to serve alcohol, according to Masri.

In addition, the employee complaint also said Stanley had a foreign writings book and wore a headdress.

On August 25, the airline had the first reaction for this complaint by sending a letter to Stanley informing her  that it was revoking its religious accommodation to exclude her from service of alcohol and placing her on administrative leave.

Masri also told about this incident that they placed her on unpaid leave and they also advised her that her employment may be ended after 12 months. However, we are requesting to give back her employment and the accomodation of her religios beliefs as well.

A spokesman for ExpressJet refused to discuss Stanley’s compaint. This problem is hard to find a solution but Express Jet can not stop serving alcohol in their flight due to their Muslim flight attendants. They also can not let the other flight attendants who isn’t Muslim serving it.

In an email that was sent by spokesman Jarek Beem, he also expressed her sympothy and declined to comment on this problem.

“At ExpressJet, 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 personnel matters,”.

This dilema is hard for both the airlines and Stanley- a Muslim flight attendant loves her job. We couldn’t know what will happen but hopefully, there is a good solution for both sides.

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