Christian flight attendant has been reinstated to her position five years after being fired for her pro-life views.
Last week, a federal judge in Dallas ruled in favor of Charlene Carter, who sued Southwest Airlines and the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) for unjustly firing her in 2017 after she refused to support abortion through her local union. Carter was represented by lawyers from the National Right to Work Foundation.
“The Court rejected union and airline arguments and also ordered that Carter should be fully reinstated as a flight attendant at Southwest, writing that ‘Southwest may ‘wanna get away’ from Carter because she might continue to express her beliefs, but the jury found that Southwest unlawfully terminated Carter for her protected expression,’” according to a press release from the legal organization.
The judge ordered both Southwest and TWU to return “the maximum amount of compensatory and punitive damages permitted under federal law, plus back-pay” to Carter. The court noted that if she were to receive only what she would have made in wages before finding another job, “the Court would complete Southwest’s unlawful scheme” of unjustly firing her.
“Charlene promised God she would never be quiet about defending Life after she found forgiveness for her abortion,” Texas Right to Life posted on Twitter after the court ruling. “She was fired for voicing her beliefs. A court now ordered Southwest to pay her millions in damages & rehire her. Way to go, Charlene!”
Charlene promised God she would never be quiet about defending Life after she found forgiveness for her abortion.— Texas Right to Life (Text ProLife to 40237) (@TXRightToLife) December 9, 2022
She was fired for voicing her beliefs. A court now ordered Southwest to pay her millions in damages & rehire her.
Way to go, Charlene!https://t.co/PpTcV23wmz
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