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Group says airline discriminated against Muslim worker
by Melissa Nann Burke
A Muslim-American group plans Tuesday to file a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against ExpressJet Airlines for allegedly failing to accommodate a Metro Detroit-area Muslim flight attendant who objects to serving alcohol based on her religious beliefs.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the airline had directed employee Charee Stanley, to work out arrangements with the other flight attendant on duty to accommodate passengers' requests for alcohol. The setup, it said, had worked without incident until Aug. 25, when ExpressJet placed Stanley on administrative leave for 12 months, after which her position may be terminated, according to CAIR.
"We have informed ExpressJet of its obligation under the law to reasonably accommodate Ms. Stanley's religious accommodation request regarding service of alcohol," Lena Masri, staff attorney for CAIR-Michigan said in a statement.
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