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Two Christian Former Flight Attendants Sue Alaska Airlines for Religious Discrimination


Alaska Airlines has been in the news a lot lately.

Earlier this month, the airline company made headlines after one of its plane doors blew off mid-flight…

Now, two former employees are suing the airline over alleged religious discrimination.

Marli Brown and Lacey Smith, both Christians who worked as flight attendants, claim that they were fired after evoking their faith to speak out against the company’s push for DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion.)

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The lawsuit states:

Promising a culture of open dialogue, Alaska Airlines encouraged employees to ask questions, have difficult, courageous conversations with each other, and share their diverse perspectives. Yet, when Plaintiffs relied on that promise and posted a comment on the Company’s employee-only message board questioning the Company’s support of the proposed Equality Act, Alaska Airlines disparaged their religious beliefs, treated them as safety risks, and terminated them. The Company then refused to reinstate them, treating them worse than flight attendants who were reinstated after making racist remarks in front of passengers, telling a coworker to expose her breasts to a passenger, and inappropriately touching a woman on a plane. The Company’s disdain for employees with traditional Christian beliefs is evident.

Fox News gave more details on the reason why the two former Alaska Airlines are suing:

After Alaska Airlines flight attendants Marli Brown and Lacey Smith say they evoked their Christian faith during their company’s push for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the two called for religious liberty in the workplace.

Smith spoke with Fox News Digital about why she believes her termination by Alaska Airlines was motivated by religious discrimination. During the interview, she was accompanied by Stephanie Taub, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute (FLI), who is representing her in a lawsuit against Alaska Airlines that they filed in May 2022.

“I went to access my schedule in the morning … I saw that Alaska had posted an article that just said Alaska supports the Equality Act,” Smith told Fox News Digital on Friday.

“There are a lot of different religious people who had issues with the Equality Act. And I guess I just had some questions with Alaska in terms of what that meant when they said things like, ‘Alaska supports the Equality Act’ … What does that mean for me?”

The Equality Act, which was introduced by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sought to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in employment, housing, and other capacities under federal civil rights law. The measure passed the House in February 2021.



 

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