A federal judge in Texas has briefly restrained United Airlines from putting staff on unpaid go away for looking for a medical or non secular exemption from the provider’s requirement to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
US District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth additionally briefly restrained United from denying any late requests for non secular or medical lodging, in keeping with Reuters.
His restraining order expires on Oct. 26.
Last month, legal professionals for the staff and United agreed that the corporate wouldn’t put the workers on unpaid go away, however the judge wrote that the settlement will expire earlier than he can rule on the deserves of the matter.
That would go away “hundreds of workers” prone to being put on indefinite unpaid go away or pressured to get a COVID jab that violates their non secular beliefs or medical restrictions.
The suing workers are looking for to show the case right into a class-action lawsuit. United says about 2,000 of its 67,000 US staff have requested for exemptions from the vaccine.
On Wednesday, a United spokesperson mentioned the corporate was working with vaccine-exempt staff on security measures together with testing, face masks and short-term job reassignments.
United CEO Scott Kirby told CBS News that the Chicago-based airline will hearth 232 of its US staff for refusing to get jabbed.
“I wish we would have gotten to 100 percent but out of our 67,000 US employees, there are 232 who haven’t been vaccinated and they are going through the termination process now,” Kirby informed the outlet Wednesday.
United was one of many first main US corporations to announce a vaccine mandate, giving staff a deadline of late September to get jabbed.
At least 2,000 United staff had been additionally exempted from the vaccine mandate for non secular or medical causes, firm executives mentioned Sept. 29.