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Unified is prohibited from putting unvaccinated workers on leave unless a court orders it to

Unified is prohibited from putting unvaccinated workers on leave unless a court orders it to

A federal judge has revoked a United Airlines policy that would allow employees to take unpaid leave for seeking remission from the airlines requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons.

A federal district court judge in Fort Worth, Texas, granted a restraining order Tuesday in favor of workers who are suing the airline over the mandate.

Lawyers for the employees and the airline agreed last month that United wouldn't put the workers on unpaid leave, but the judge said that the agreement will expire before he can decide on the merits of the matter. That would put hundreds of workers at risk of being put on indefinite unpaid leave or forced to get a vaccination that violates their religious beliefs or medical restrictions.

The restraining order expires on Oct. 26.

The suing employees are attempting to transform the case into a class-action lawsuit. About 2,000 of its 67,000 U.S. workers asked for exemptions from vaccination, according to United.

A United spokeswoman stated on Wednesday that the business was working with vaccine-exempt workers on safety measures, including testing, face masks, and temporary job reassignments, as well as testing and masking.

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