Alaska Airlines accused of “canceling” flight attendants for expressing religious beliefs

Two Alaska Airlines employees file a federal complaint alleging that the company retaliated against them for questioning its support for the equality law.

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

It was part of a discharge notice from flight attendant Lacey Smith, who asked in a corporate forum: “As a business, do you think it’s possible to regulate morality? ” Several Alaska Airlines employees liked Lacey’s comment, which was later removed by the airline’s online forum.

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

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Both were allegedly questioned by airline authorities and ultimately fired.

First Liberty, a law firm specializing in defending religious freedom, said on Wednesday it had filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Aug. 18 on behalf of the former flight attendants.

“The company’s ‘cancellation’ of our customers by Alaska Airlines makes a mockery of laws that protect religious Americans from employment discrimination,” said David Hacker, director of litigation for the First Liberty Institute, on Wednesday.

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“It is a blatant 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 their religious beliefs about the culture important issues. “

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

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