What in the world is going on with people refusing to do their jobs as hard as it is to even find let alone keep a job? Freedom of religion, speech and all that jazz is fine but when we “apply” for a specific position that require one to perform a duty that goes against a religious belief, we do have the option to NOT TAKE THE JOB. In all fairness, it is completely understandable that we all at some point make personal changes in our lives, this would include changing faiths as well. So the latest act of defiance come from a Muslim woman who is refusing to serve alcohol while on duty as a flight attendant. Part of the job does require to “serve” the people on the flight. Most airline companies serve some form of beverages to include alcohol. If a patron requests to have an alcoholic beverage the flight attendant is there to serve the consumer.
According to the video below, it seems as if this woman was able to do this job prior to her converting her faith and upon her converting her faith, she learned of the forbidding alcohol. The problem comes in is when the company made arrangements for the Muslim woman to not have to serve consumers who request alcohol and then she’s suspended for following the agreement made with the company. This whole situation is a mess.
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Charee Stanley, a Muslim flight attendant who refused to serve alcohol during an ExpressJet flight, is now fighting to get her job back.
Two years ago, Stanley converted to Islam, a religion that forbids believers to drink or serve alcohol. In June, she worked out an agreement with her employer that allowed her to do something else while alcohol was served by her fellow flight attendants, and everything seemed to be fine. However, according to the Huffington Post, despite that agreement, one of Stanley’s co-workers filed a complaint against her for being “delinquent in her duties” for not serving liquor in August.
That same month, she was placed on unpaid leave for one year and threatened with termination as well as informed that their you-don’t-have-to-serve-alcohol agreement was “revoked.”
Lena Masri of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, Stanley’s lawyer, says her client is open to mediation but if a resolution isn’t reached, they are not afraid to sue ExpressJet.
ExpressJet gave this statement to the Huffington Post:
“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.”
Despite the small similarities between Stanley’s case and that of crazy person Kim Davis who said Christianity barred her from doing her job of handing out marriage licenses, Masri says they’re incomparable.
“She got suspended for following the directions,” Masri said to HuffPost, adding that “serving alcohol is not a central duty of being a flight attendant.”