A federal appeals court is slamming United Airlines’ coronavirus vaccine mandate, saying it is “coercive.”
“A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 to return the issue to District Judge Mark Pittman, who previously rejected employees’ request for a preliminary junction,” reported Breitbart News.
“In his opinion, Pittman was sympathetic to employees but said he was bound by court precedent, and he declined the request because employees could not prove ‘irreparable harm,’ one of four variables which need to be satisfied in court in order for a judge to issue an injunction and preserve the ‘status quo’ during litigation,” reports Breitbart News.
“Federal Judges Andy Oldham and Jennifer Elrod reversed Pittman’s ruling, pointing to the ‘rather unique’ nature of the case,” according to Breitbart News.
“Plaintiffs allege a harm that is ongoing and cannot be remedied later: they are actively being coerced to violate their religious convictions. Because that harm is irreparable, we reverse the district court,” Oldham, a President Donald Trump appointee, and Elrod, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote.
Pittman told United Airlines employees that their “arguments appear compelling and convincing at this stage” despite their inability to prove irreparable harm.
“United’s mandate thus reflects an apathy, if not antipathy, for many of its employees’ concerns and a dearth of toleration for those expressing diversity of thought,” he wrote.
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