Federal Judge Issues Major Ruling on Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge in Texas ordered United Airlines to halt its plan to put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave if they have requested a religious exemption from the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman issued a restraining order late on Tuesday, citing an agreement from the two sides last month that the airline would not place exempted workers on leave for failure to comply with the vaccine mandate.

“United Airlines announced Aug. 6 that the Chicago-based airline was requiring all 67,000 of its U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated. At the time, the airline said about 90% of pilots and 80% of flight attendants had already been vaccinated,” NPR reported.

















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