Aviation company Southwest Airlines has been sanctioned for ignoring a ruling made by a judge in a religious discrimination case.
Prior to the sanctions, the court had sided with flight attendant Charlene Carter, after she hit out at a trade union president for attending a pro-choice march - supporting women's rights to choose to have an abortion.
According to Southwest Airlines, the then-employee wrote “offensive” messages on social media, sharing her own traditional Christian views on the topic.
She was then fired, prompting a legal case within which it was found Southwest Airlines had violated Carter’s right to free speech.
Carter was given her job back and awarded £3.99m ($5.1m) in damages.
The company was ordered to inform all employees that they could not discriminate against their colleagues on the basis of their religious belief – including their stance on abortion.
However, US District Judge Brantley Starr – who presided over the trial – found the airline’s statement “didn’t come close” to that ordered by the court.
Instead, they will now be forced to publish a court-approved statement verbatim.
The airlines lawyers will now have to attend a “religious liberty training course” run by Christian legal advocacy group Aliiance Defending Freedom (ADF).
Southwest Airlines have said they will appeal the ruling, according to BBC News.