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Muslim Flight attendant suspended for not serving alcohol

A United Express Jet

A United Express Jet

By – Associated Press – Monday, September 7, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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.

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