United can impose vaccine mandate, federal judge rules
Details: U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman noted in his ruling in Fort Worth, Texas, that it was a human resources matter and that no airline staff member was required to get the vaccine, according to Reuters.
- "[I]t is not for the Court to decide if United's vaccine mandate is bad policy," Pittman said, per CNBC.
- "Rather, it is the Court’s role to determine if Plaintiffs carried their burden to obtain a preliminary injunction," added Pittman in rejecting the lawsuit brought by six United employees.
The big picture: United said in September that more than 97% of its U.S.-based employees had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
- The plaintiffs alleged United is legally obligated to accommodate exempt workers and said they stand to lose seniority and other benefits if placed on leave, per Reuters.
- The airline said in an emailed statement that some 2,000 staff members who were granted religious or medical exemptions could apply for "non-customer facing roles." Those who don't will be placed on leave.