FORT WORTH, Texas — United Airlines employees who are suing the airline over its vaccine mandate will get more time to make their case.
United was ordered by a federal judge in Texas not to put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leaves if they seek a religious or medical exemption from compulsory vaccination against COVID-19.
“The court isn’t currently ruling on merits of the parties arguments on these points,” Judge Mark Pittman wrote according to his order. CNN.“Rather, the court seeks just to avoid irreparable damage to the parties and maintain the status-quo while the court holds an evidence hearing.”
CNN reports that the attorney representing the plaintiffs was happy with the decision.
United issued a statement defending its vaccine mandate
“Vaccine requirements are effective and almost all United’s U.S. employees have opted to get a shot. We’re currently working to provide options that lower the risk to our employees, such as temporary job reassignments or masking protocols for a large number of those who were approved.
United reports that 99% percent of its employees have followed its vaccine policy.