A flight attendant for ExpressJet filed a discrimination suit with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission this week after she was suspended for refusing to serve alcohol in accordance with her Islamic faith. Charee Stanley, 40, worked for ExpressJet for three years until her suspension in August, when was granted unpaid leave and told she could be terminated after 12 months. In the past, she and other attendants successfully shared duties without Stanley serving alcohol. Her suspension came after another flight attendant filed a complaint that stated she was not fulfilling her duties for her refusal to serve alcohol. The complaint also noted that Stanley wore a headdress and had a book with “foreign writings.” “What this case comes down to is no one should have to choose between their career and religion,” attorney Lena Masri told CNN. Stanley hopes to return to work without having to serve alcohol.
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