United Airlines lawsuit: COVID vaccine mandate on hold for those seeking exemptions after TX suit

97% of employees complied at Chicago-based United Airlines
CHICAGO -- A judge is temporarily preventing United Airlines from putting employees on leave if they request vaccine exemptions.

The order applies to about 2,000 workers who gave religious or medical reasons for not taking the shots, CNN reported.

Ninety-seven percent of United employees complied with the vaccine mandate, but six people who didn't are suing.

The judge said he's not ruling on the case's merits now, just maintaining the status quo during arguments.

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The lawsuit is happening in Texas, where the governor is trying to ban vaccine mandates.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said they want reasonable accommodations.

United said it's willing to grant accommodations, but only for some employees with approved exemption requests.