Bring a gun to a knife fight: Charlene Carter, a flight attendant who had worked at Southwest Airlines for 20 years, was fired in 2017 because she had publicly opposed for religious reasons the use of her union dues to fund pro-abortion protests, and was then reinstated after winning her lawsuit against the airline, is now demanding the court sanction Southwest for violating the terms of her court victory.
In her victory, Southwest was required to reinstate Carter with full benefits, and also issue a statement to its employees that it “may not” engage in religious discrimination. Instead, the airline sent out two notices. The first simply stated “that the Court ordered the company to notify them that it ‘does not’ discriminate on the basis of religion.” The second notice however was worse, as it once again slandered Carter for her religious beliefs.
[Carter’s] motion alleges that Southwest sent an “Inflight Information on the Go” memo to all flight attendants that also violated the court’s injunction. The memo, sent to 17,000 Southwest flight attendants, mentioned the company’s disappointment with the outcome of the litigation and stated its plan to appeal the decision.
It characterized Carter’s previous communications for which she was fired as “inappropriate, harassing, and offensive.”
It closed the memo by reminding employees of their “shared goal … of extending hospitality to everyone around us.”
As Carter’s new motion states, “Southwest conveyed to flight attendants that the company will continue to enforce its social media policies against their religious expression, practices, and beliefs if Southwest decides that they did not exercise them in a civil and respectful manner.”
This story is a follow-up on three past blacklist columns, and shows that even when it loses in court, the blacklist culture that now dominates America does not admit defeat, and still maintains its hate for those it does not like. Carter’s lawsuit victory made it clear that nothing she did in any company correspondence was “inappropriate, harassing, and offensive,” and for Southwest to still insist it was means the company is still attempting to slur her and thus punish her for her opinions.
In finalizing her victory in court, the judge had significantly reduced the amount of money the jury had awarded her. Carter is now asking for new monetary damages because of Southwest’s intransigence, essentially asking the reinstatement of some of that reduced award. Considering the contempt Southwest is now exhibiting for the court and even the judge in the case, one would think the judge will quickly agree to this new motion.
We shall see. The outcome of this new motion will be most interesting. It will tell us if our court system is really willing to stand up to this blacklist culture, or whether it will, when pressed, fold. Recent history suggests the court will fold, and Carter will continue to be slandered and made an outcast, simply because her religion tells her to oppose abortion on demand.
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