FORT WORTH, TX – A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order against United Airlines placing employees on unpaid leave for requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Approximately 2,000 United Airlines employees requested an exemption from the mandate for either religious or medical reasons. This equals around 3% of the airline’s 67,000 domestic employees.
United had said that if the request was granted and was medical in nature, the employee would be placed on medical leave. That type of leave would possibly include some pay, but that would depend on their contract. The timeline for this leave was also not determined.
If, however, the exemption request was for religious reasons, the airline said in September that the employee would be placed on indefinite unpaid leave. They would get to retain seniority rights should the decide later to comply and then be allowed to return to work.
United Airlines vaccine mandate on hold for employees seeking medical or religious exemptions – CNN https://t.co/EjysuLHC9h
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Six of the employees who would be subject to this leave (meaning, they requested one type of exemption), filed a federal lawsuit against United Airlines last month.