A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday night barred United Airlines from placing on unpaid leave, exempting any employees from the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
description: NS temporary stop order It also said the airline cannot deny “any late request for religious or medical accommodation”.
- The order is in force till October 26 before the court considering the preliminary injunction case.
big picture: United Airlines said last month that more than 97% of the company’s US-based employees had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
- Six United employees requesting religious and/or medical exemptions filed suit last month against the company in an attempt to stay on payroll, CNN Note.
of note: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued a sweeping executive order banning vaccine mandates by any “entity”, including private employers.
- Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, both based in Texas, still require employees to be vaccinated despite the state’s new ban on vaccine mandates by private businesses.
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