Boeing 737-800 United Airlines and Airbus A320 United Airlines approaching San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco.
Louis Nastro | Reuters
A federal judge in Texas on Monday ruled that United Airlines’ employee vaccination policy could continue.
The Chicago-based airline adheres to one of the strictest employee vaccination regulations in the country. In September, it was announced that employees who received benefits for medical or religious reasons would be sent on unpaid leave.
Six employees filed lawsuits to block the policy in September.
US District Judge Mark Pittman wrote in his ruling: “It is not for the court to decide whether United’s mandate to vaccinate is bad policy. Rather, the role of the court is to determine whether the plaintiffs have borne the burden of obtaining a preliminary injunction. ”
United said on Monday that about 2,000 employees who have been granted exemptions for religious or medical reasons under its policy can apply for non-client positions, and those who do not apply will be sent on leave.
“We are working on defining non-client roles for which adapted employees can apply and continue working until it is safe for them to return to their current positions,” it said.
United said more than 96% of its 67,000 employees in the United States are vaccinated.