The Oklahoman

Judge bars United from putting the unvaccinat­ed on leave


A federal judge extended a ban on United Airlines putting employees on unpaid leave for seeking a medical or religious exemption from the airline’s requiremen­t to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth, Texas, granted a restrainin­g order Tuesday in favor of employees 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 wrote that the agreement will expire before he can rule on the merits of the matter. That would leave “hundreds of workers” at risk of being put on indefinite unpaid leave or forced to get a vaccinatio­n that violates their religious beliefs or medical restrictio­ns.

The restrainin­g order expires Oct. 26.

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