Airline, Union Get Away With Religious Discrimination

Airline, Union Get Away With Religious Discrimination
A Christian former flight attendant for Southwest Airlines is suing her employer and her union after she was fired for speaking out about their pro-abortion stances.

Charlene Carter, a loyal employee of Southwest Airlines for more than to decades was fired after confronting an official of her union about its pro-abortion stance.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Carter is suing the company and Transport Workers Union of America Local 556, which represents airline flight attendants, to win back her job. She also filed a separate complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging religious discrimination for retaliation against her Christian beliefs.

"There's this cozy relationship between Southwest Airlines management and our union and it's blatant in my case," she told the Washington Free Beacon. "I think they were definitely against anybody pro-life. … I thought I had my union there to protect me, but they're not there to protect members from the union leadership."

A Southwest Airlines spokesman said the company does not comment on personnel matters or pending litigation. The union did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The case began in February when Carter took to Facebook to object to the union flying two dozen officials out to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March in January, as well as photos that circulated of Southwest turning cabin lights pink to endorse the protest, which was sponsored by Planned Parenthood. She posted pro-life materials to a group for flight attendants and sent similar messages, including a video depicting an abortion, to union President Audrey Stone.

Shortly afterward she was brought into a manager's office and fired for her "highly offensive" posts and "harassing and inappropriate" messages to Stone.

Carter is a Christian, and said she has a responsibility to share the pro-life message and to warn of the dangers of abortion. The Railway Labor Act, which was later amended to apply to airline workers, as well, allows employees the freedom to speak out on labor-related activities—including messages directly related to political advocacy paid for through union dues.

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