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September 14, 2021

News Release
For Immediate Release: 9.14.21
Contact: Lacey McNiel, media@firstliberty.org
Direct: 972-941-4453

Alaska Airlines Initiates Takedown of Nonprofit’s YouTube Video Exposing Religious Discrimination Against Flight Attendants
At airline’s request YouTube removes First Liberty Institute’s video about flight attendants’ Charges of Discrimination filed after they were fired for questioning Equality Act

Washington, DC—First Liberty Institute today accused Alaska Airlines of improperly initiating a takedown of a YouTube video created by the nonprofit religious liberty law firm that exposed religious discrimination by Alaska Airlines against two former flight attendants.  First Liberty’s video seeks to educate the public by reporting and commenting on its clients’ EEOC Charges of Discrimination.

The video can be viewed on Rumble, here.

“Why does Alaska Airlines want to keep Americans from seeing this video?” asked Jeff Mateer, Chief Legal Officer at First Liberty Institute. “Alaska Airlines’ attempts to cover up its blatant discrimination against our clients only furthers our resolve to fight against religious discrimination wherever it exists. We have asked YouTube to correct this wrong.”

Last week, First Liberty Institute filed separate charges of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on behalf of two flight attendants against Alaska Airlines.  The charges come after the airline terminated the two flight attendants because they asked questions emanating from their religious beliefs about the company’s support for the “Equality Act” in a forum created by the airline to facilitate employee discussion about the company’s policies.

First Liberty produced an educational video reporting on the legal action.  Alaska Airlines initiated a takedown with YouTube to remove First Liberty’s video, claiming that the inclusion of the airline’s logo in video footage shot by First Liberty violates Alaska Airline’s copyright.  Pursuant to YouTube’s policy, First Liberty responded demonstrating its fair use, but Alaska Airlines now has ten (10) business days to substantiate its copyright claim, meaning the video won’t be on YouTube for at least that long.

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