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Judge bans United from firing unvaccinated workers

United Airlines employees suing airline over vaccine mandate will have more time to argue their case

FORT WORTH, Texas – A federal judge has extended the ban on United Airlines putting employees on unpaid leave for seeking medical or religious exemption from the airline’s requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday granted a restraining order in favor of the employees who are suing the airline over the warrant.

Lawyers for the employees and the airline agreed last month that United would not put the workers on unpaid leave, but the judge wrote the deal would expire before he could rule on the merits of the case. case. This would leave “hundreds of workers” at risk of being put on indefinite unpaid leave or forced to get vaccinated that violates their religious beliefs or medical restrictions.

The restraining order expires on October 26.

The prosecuting employees seek to turn the case into a class action lawsuit. United says about 2,000 of its 67,000 US employees have requested immunization exemptions.

A United spokeswoman said on Wednesday the company was working with vaccine-exempt employees on safety measures, including tests, face masks and temporary reassignments.