FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal choose has prolonged a ban on United Airways putting workers on unpaid leave for searching for a medical or spiritual exemption from the airline’s requirement to get vaccinated towards COVID-19.
U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Value, Texas, granted a restraining order Tuesday in favor of workers who’re suing the airline over the mandate.
Legal professionals for the workers and the airline agreed final month that United would not put the workers on unpaid leave, however the choose wrote that the settlement will expire earlier than he can rule on the deserves of the matter. That will leave “hundreds of workers” prone to being put on indefinite unpaid leave or compelled to get a vaccination that violates their spiritual beliefs or medical restrictions.
The restraining order expires Oct. 26.
The suing workers are searching for to show the case right into a class-action lawsuit. United says about 2,000 of its 67,000 U.S. workers requested for exemptions from vaccination.
A United spokeswoman mentioned Wednesday that the corporate was working with vaccine-exempt workers on security measures together with testing, face masks and non permanent job reassignments.