A religious case sparked a lawsuit in the United States in which a flight attendant asserted her right to sue the airline that forced her to serve beer and other alcoholic beverages on the flight.
The lawsuit concerns Commissioner Charee Stanley and ExpressJet, the largest Embraer E145 jet operator in the world, but which closed its doors in September. As an introduction, it is important to note that the company and its directors can still be sued when closed, although, as we shall see, the Commissioner’s case has not yet arrived in that state.
Charee says she has always been a dedicated professional and that she enjoyed serving her passengers and the airline, but that she knew how to deal with all situations. It was like that when she had to serve a drink to a passenger. In fact, she tried to make arrangements with her roommates to take care of alcoholic beverages while focusing on soft drinks according to her religious affiliation.
As a result, this did not please some of the commissioners who faced another task and decided to complain to ExpressJet and also to United Airlines, where the regional company was serving.
Faced with the impasse, the company finally accepted the complaint from the Charee colleagues, otherwise it would violate the collective agreement, which is subordinate to the Labor Code and provides for equality in the treatment of employees and the distribution of tasks, and then the flight attendant was, according to the portal View From The Wing forced to serve beer and other alcoholic beverages to passengers.
It won’t stay that way
Now that she is no longer with the company, the commissioner has filed a motion in court asserting her right to bring legal action against the company, claiming that the Labor Code does not override the issues defined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 .
The 1964 law that she mentions refers to the law that ended racial segregation and also provided for crimes in the event of discrimination based on religious options, which would be the alleged case of the commissioner.
Despite this argument, Charee has not yet been successful. She has already turned down a petition in the Eastern Michigan District Court and has now appealed to the Sixth District Court (similar to the regions of the regional courts in Brazil) that affects Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee itself
For the time being, the judiciary understood that the Commissioner could only complain if a contractual clause was breached. However, his contract does not provide for the right to refuse a task on religious grounds, rather it would be treated and treated like any other crew member.
At the moment everything is very open, but this Imbroglio will certainly contain “scenes from the next chapters”. And we will be attentive.