Southwest Flight Attendant Charlene Carter was awarded $5.1 million by a jury on Thursday, after being fired from her job for expressing her pro-life views and personal beliefs on social media.
“Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs,” Carter told Fox Business last week.“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.”
She added, “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.”
Southwest first took action against Carter back in 2017. She had used her social media to question the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 union, for its presence at that year’s Women’s March — a highly charged event where Madonna reportedly insinuated she thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House” — during the start of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Carter had been part of TWU for nearly 20 years, but she left after finding discord between its views and her religious convictions. If TWU Local 556 expresses its radical views with the same vigor as Madonna, we need not wonder why Carter felt the way she did.
“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 Mike Mix, National Right to Work Foundation President. His organization provided Pro-Bono support to Carter, The Daily Wire reported.
Southwest told Fox Business it has a “demonstrated history of supporting our [e]mployees’ rights to express their opinions when done in a respectful manner.”
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The company claims it is “disappointed with this verdict and plan[s] to appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.”
Carter’s victory is not just one for the pro-life movement, but for free speech and religious liberty everywhere.