Challenges related to religion and airline travel have made the news recently. A pair of Muslim women were booted off an American Airlines flight last week, creating a stir as a result of their claims regarding why they were asked to leave.
FOX 2 News in Detroit, Michigan reported on the case of a woman named Charee Stanley. Stanley was a flight attendant with ExpressJet Airlines and allegedly refused to serve travelers alcohol because of her religious beliefs. She had reportedly taken a closer look at her Muslim faith and realized that she not only could not drink alcohol, but also could not serve it to other people. Stanley approached her employer and made a special arrangement which enabled another flight attendant to serve alcohol in her place while Stanley was serving other customers on flights.
However, this arrangement unraveled after a few months. According to Dawud Walid of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another flight attendant made “a complaint made about her not serving alcohol … as well as her being on a plane reading a book in a foreign language.” On August 5, Stanley filed a lawsuit seeking lost wages and other damages.
Was Stanley’s religious freedom violated, or does Express Jet have a right to demand she perform her duties?