United Airlines accused of refusing employee exemptions to vaccine mandate

  • How many workers filed a claim against United Airlines
  • What percentage of United Airlines employees are vaccinated

United Airlines Inc is facing claims that it unlawfully denied religious and medical exemptions from a requirement that employees receive COVID-19 vaccines after allegedly making it difficult for workers to apply for them.

Six United employees filed a class action in Texas federal court on Tuesday claiming that workers who sought exemptions from the vaccine mandate were subjected to intrusive inquiries about their medical conditions or religious beliefs, including a requirement that they obtain letters from pastors.

Chicago-based United in a statement said the lawsuit was without merit, and that it has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from employees since announcing its vaccine requirement last month. More than 97% of United’s U.S.-based employees are vaccinated, the airline said.

The workers are seeking to represent a nationwide class that they said would likely include more than 2,000 United employees.


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