Now mark the deadline for the employees United Airlines to prove they received their first shot at COVID-19 or lost their job.
In early August, the nation’s second -largest airline announced it had 67,000 employees until October 25 to get the full vaccine. The move has proven to be one of the strongest stances by an American company regarding vaccination and resurgence in the airline industry, with rival United Frontier announcing a similar mandate.
As of last week, the company said more than 97 percent of its employees in the United States had been shot. However, this number leaves approximately 2000 plus people as holdapers — and it appears that these individuals will fight back.
Six United employees, including two pilots, a flight attendant, a technician, a customer service representative and a station operations representative, filed a lawsuit alleging unlawfully denied religious and medical exemptions the order by torture to apply for their requests.
Employees were reportedly given until Aug. 31 to request either a medical or religious exemption, but not both, through an online portal. Those granted an exemption knew they would be placed on “indefinite unpaid leave” with no fees paid by the company on Oct. 2.
For customer -facing employees, the suit states that their vacation will continue “until the risk of COVID is low enough that [United] think[s] it is safe. “For employees who are not facing the customer, that their vacation will last” ‘for some time while [United] work[s] all the details [and] the logistics’ of mitigation measures. “
“What United did was rely on arbitrary line drawing rather than engage in an interactive process with each employee requesting accommodation,” he said. read the suit. “United’s actions left Plaintiffs with the impossible choice of either getting the COVID-19 vaccine, which would ruin their religious beliefs and their health or lose their livelihood.”
The suit says that among the six named individuals, an estimated 2,000 including individuals could also be affected. United did not return NewsweekAsking in time for publication about how many employees will be affected and potentially fired under the new policy.
However, a United spokesman previously told the AP it was “reviewing [the suit] in more detail, but at this point we think it has no merit. “
Under U.S. labor law, employers have the right to set vaccination -related terms as a condition of employment that allows them to dismiss those who do not comply. United’s mandate is largely supported by its employees along with three major labor unions – the Association of Flight Attendants, the Air Line Pilots Association, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters – all issuing statements indicates acceptance of command. However, they were also told some prose to be done.
Four out of six employees submitted religious exceptions based on the belief that vaccines were developed using aborted fetal tissue. UCLA health states that vaccines do not contain aborted infants. However, fetal cells were used in development and evaluation. Another employee said he was allergic to eggs and penicillin, and the final employee said his neurologist recommended against vaccination based on his multiple sclerosis tests. They all received exemptions.
Despite granting exceptions, United has remained steadfast in the assertion that these individuals should be kept away from the workplace for now as the company seeks to protect other employees and customers. This indicated that a process for returning them to the workplace would be decisive in the future.
“Because of the extreme statistics … we no longer allow unvaccinated people to return to the workplace until we better understand how they can communicate with our customers and their vaccinated co-workers,” the United in a memo to employees. “Because of our focus on safety and the steep rise in Covid infections, hospitalizations and deaths, all employees who approve the request will be placed on temporary, unpaid personal leave on Oct. 2 while certain safety measures for unvaccinated employees have been established. “