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Pro-life flight attendant is awarded $5.1 million against Southwest Airlines and her union

by | Jul 18, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Rack up an important victory for freedom of speech and the right to express pro-life views.  Last week a federal jury in Dallas, Texas awarded Charlene Carter, a veteran of 21 –years as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, $5.1 million against the airline and her union. She was fired in 2017. 

The reward in combined compensatory and punitive damages “comes after the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 union and Southwest fired Charlene Carter for her religious stance on abortion, which she publicized on social media,” according to Audrey Conklin, of Fox Business News. She was fired in 2017.

“Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs,” Carter said in a statement. “Flight attendants should have a voice and nobody should be able to retaliate against a flight attendant for engaging in protected speech against her union.”

“No American worker should have to fear termination, intimidation, or any other reprisal merely for speaking out against having their own money spent, purportedly in their name, to promote an agenda they find abhorrent,” said Mark Mix, Carter’s lawyer.

Carter joined the union in 1996 “and resigned in 2013 after realizing that her religious views did not align with those of the union, but she was required to continue paying union fees as a condition of her employment, according to a press release,” Conklin wrote.

Carter expressed her pro-life stance online “and pushed back against the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 union after the group, including president Audrey Stone, attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in 2017,” The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo reported. “Carter also sent messages to the union leader expressing intent to support a recall effort against Stone.”

According to Conklin, “Southwest managers then informed Carter that she had to attend a meeting regarding her Facebook posts, during which the airline presented screenshots of Carter’s social media activity and messages regarding her pro-life stance and questioned why she posted them.”

“Company representatives also told Carter that Stone claimed to have been ‘harassed’ by Carter online, and Southwest fired her a week later, according to the lawsuit.”

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