A federal jury in Dallas has awarded a $5 million settlement to a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who was fired for her pro-life beliefs.
Charlene Carter was fired in 2017 for sharing social media posts expressing her pro-life convictions, Fox Business reported.
Fired pro-life flight attendant wins settlement
Carter’s union claimed that the jury misread the “factual evidence” and the airline, which plans to appeal, claimed they support employees’ “rights to express their opinions when done in a respectful manner.”
That wasn’t the experience of Carter, who worked for Southwest for 20 years before she was unceremoniously fired over her religious beliefs.
The airline had terminated Carter after she complained about the pro-abortion activism of her union, Local 556 of the Transportation Workers Union.
Carter left the union over its political stance, but she was still required to pay dues to keep her job.
When the union traveled to Washington, D.C., for the pro-abortion Women’s March following President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, Carter complained. Carter’s co-workers were also given schedule adjustments to attend the protest.
Free speech win
Meanwhile, Carter continued to post about abortion online and confronted the union’s president, who claimed that Carter “harassed” her.
A week later, Carter was fired for her “highly offensive” social media posts and “bullying.”
After five long years, Carter has finally been vindicated.
“Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs. 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,” Carter told FOX Business.
“I am so humbled and thankful for today’s decision and for everyone who’s supported me these past five years, including the National Right to Work Foundation.”