United Airlines to Start Firing Employees Without COVID Vaccines; workers file complaints
United Airlines will begin firing workers who haven’t received at least one COVID-19 injection as of Tuesday, but the company is already facing two separate lawsuits after announcing its new vaccine mandate.
The company, which is the largest carrier at Newark Liberty International Airport, announced last month that the 67,000 U.S.-based employees would be subject to a company-wide COVID vaccine warrant.
The carrier said 99% of its employees are vaccinated.
However, that did not protect the company from two lawsuits.
In one of the lawsuits, filed in US District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, an employee alleged that “his religious exemption was not considered,” according to WLS.
In a second lawsuit filed last week, six employees seeking religious or medical exemptions from the vaccine requirement sued United in federal court and will remain on the company’s payroll until October 8, when the court has set a hearing for the trial, according to WESH.
The workers, including a flight attendant and two pilots, accused the airline of placing exempt employees on “indefinite leave,” meaning their jobs “would effectively be terminated,” according to the lawsuit.
United Airlines responded to the complaint, saying it was sticking to its vaccination policy and “will vigorously defend” it.
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