A federal judge barred
U.S. District Judge
That could force hundreds of workers to take a vaccination in violation of their religious beliefs or medical needs, or face indefinite unpaid leave, the judge said. He cautioned that he wasn’t ruling on the merits of the case but simply acting to avoid the risk of irreparable harm to the parties while he holds an Oct. 13 evidentiary hearing on the plaintiffs’ request for the longer freeze, a preliminary injunction.
“Vaccine requirements work and nearly all of United’s U.S. employees have chosen to get a shot,” United spokeswoman Leslie Scott said in an email. “For a number of our employees who were approved for an accommodation, we’re working to put options in place that reduce the risk to their health and safety, including new testing regimens, temporary job reassignments and masking protocols.”
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