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United Airlines Says Covid Leave Appeal Moot After Policy Change

March 10, 2022, 11:33 PM

An appeal challenging United Airlines Inc.'s decision to place employees on unpaid leave as a religious accommodation from the company’s Covid-19 vaccination mandate should be dismissed as moot in light of changed public health conditions and company policies, the airline told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday.

In February a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit revived pilot David Sambrano’s and flight attendant Genise Kincannon’s bid for a preliminary injunction against the airline. They sought protection from United’s policy of indefinite leave for employees seeking religious accommodation from the company’s vaccine requirement.

United asked the ...