Two flight attendants, who were fired from their Alaska Airlines jobs after questioning the company’s support for the LGBTQ-driven “Equality Act,” are asking a federal District Court to grant summary judgement in their favor.
In 2021, Alaska Airlines announced that it supported the Equality Act, a divisive bill that aims to change the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “gender identity and sexual orientation” among the legally recognized “non-discrimination” classifications. This would mandate that Americans accommodate and facilitate behavior and events associated with the LGBTQ movement in private establishments, schools, churches, business, health care, entertainment and many other areas.
The airline’s support for the Equality Act was posted on an internal employee message board and included an invitation for employees to comment on the decision. Employee Lacey Smith posted a question, asking, “As a company, do you think it’s possible to regulate morality?” In the same forum, a second flight attendant, Marli Brown, asked, “Does Alaska support: endangering the Church, encouraging suppression of religious freedom, obliterating women rights and parental rights? ….” Both plaintiffs were subsequently investigated, questioned by airline authorities, and terminated.
First Liberty Institute and the Ard Law Group filed a motion earlier this month for summary judgement on behalf of the flight attendants who sued Alaska Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants union (“AFA”) in May 2022 after the airline terminated the women because they asked questions in a company forum, and the union failed to adequately defend them.
Alaska Airlines VP of Inflight testified that an employee’s use of the term “opposite sex” violates the Airlines’ discrimination policy because that implies that there are only two sexes.
“Alaska Airlines has made it clear that employees who hold traditional Christian beliefs must stay silent if they want to keep their jobs,” said Stephanie Taub, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “Now, we clearly see that Alaska Airlines’ obsessive focus on DEI created a hostile work environment for anyone who dares disagree with the company about moral issues.”
Court documents filed on Jan. 16 reveal that the union MEC President reported the flight attendants’ comments to Alaska Airlines leadership. In a company chat among union representatives, one stated, “Can we PLEASE get someone to shut down comments, or put Marli and Lacey in a burlap bag and drop them in a well.” Union representatives repeatedly disparaged the flight attendants, calling them “bigots” and “pukes.” Referring to Smith, the Union President said, “I hate her.”
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Alaska Airlines’ decision to fire the women was in sharp contrast with how it treated allegations of anti-Christian discrimination or harassment. When a flight attendant was accused of anti-Christian “hate speech” and making a “threat of violence,” stating, “Any Christian that thinks like this should have their teeth kicked in!” on his social media using the Alaska Airlines logo for his social media cover photos, he was given the lowest level of discipline.
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