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Court Rules that CAIR Suit for Muslim ExpressJet Flight Attendant Suspended for Refusing to Serve Alcohol May Go Forward

screenshot 2017 06 08 15 04 33(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/8/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it defeated a motion filed by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Muslim flight attendant for the wrongful revocation of her reasonable religious accommodation.

“No one should have to choose between their faith and their job. This decision sends a clear message that federal law requires businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who practice their faith on the job,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena F. Masri, Esq.

Background on Case:

Based upon her sincerely-held religious belief that prohibits her from serving alcohol, Charee Stanley was directed by the company to work out an arrangement with the other flight attendant on duty to accommodate passenger requests for alcohol while she attended to other customers.  Stanley followed that arrangement without incident. On August 25, 2015, ExpressJet Airlines revoked its religious accommodation and placed Stanley on administrative leave for 12 months.

Shortly after she filed suit, she was terminated from her employment. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Michigan, claims discrimination and retaliation.

SEE: Video: CAIR-MI Attorney on CNN to Defend Religious Rights of Muslim ExpressJet Flight Attendant

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-640-4934,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney, Gadeir Abbas, 202-742-6423,; Attorney Carrie Pastor, 248-619-0065,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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