Alaska Airlines accused of ‘cancelling’ flight attendants for expressing religious beliefs

Two Alaska Airlines employees are filing a federal lawsuit alleging the company retaliated against them for questioning its support for the Equality Act.

First Liberty Institute, which represents employees, alleges the company said “[d]Defining gender identity or sexual orientation as a moral issue…is…a discriminatory statement.”

It was allegedly part of a dismissal notice for flight attendant Lacey Smith, who had asked in a corporate forum: ‘As a business, do you think it is possible to regulate morality? ?” Several Alaska Airlines employees liked Lacey’s comment, which was later taken down by the airline’s online forum.

Another employee, who chooses to remain anonymous, reportedly asked, “Does Alaska support: endangering the Church, encouraging the suppression of religious freedom, erasing women’s rights and parental rights? ….”

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Both were reportedly questioned by airline authorities and eventually fired.

First Liberty, a religious freedom law firm, announced Wednesday that it filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on August 18 on behalf of former flight attendants.

“Our customers’ corporate ‘cancellation’ by Alaska Airlines mocks laws that protect religious Americans from employment discrimination,” said David Hacker, director of litigation at the First Liberty Institute, on Wednesday.

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“It is a gross violation of state and federal civil rights laws to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their religious beliefs and expression. Every American should be afraid if an employer can fire them for having simply asked questions based on his religious beliefs about the culture.

Alaska Airlines did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

The airline’s harassment policy shared with Fox News states, “Alaska Airlines promotes healthy and honest discussions in the workplace about diversity and inclusion issues. These conversations are an essential part of learning and seeking understanding, as well as equal access to opportunity and creation. a workplace that embraces individuality and uniqueness.”

Ruth R. Culp