Judge rejects challenge to Southwest’s vaccine mandate
DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge says Southwest Airlines is within its rights to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The judge ruled this week against a request by the pilots’ union to issue a temporary restraining order against a vaccine mandate.
The judge says Southwest can impose a mandate to improve safety and maintain its operations.
Southwest is asking employees to get vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exemption by Nov. 24.
But the airline has backed down from a threat to fire employees who don’t comply.
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