“The court is not currently ruling on the merits of the parties’ arguments on these points,” Pittman wrote in his order. “Rather the court seeks simply to avoid the risk of irreparable harm to the parties and to maintain the status quo while the court holds an evidentiary hearing.”
Mark Paoletta, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, said he was grateful for the ruling, even it it was only temporary.
“United Airlines’ refusal to provide reasonable accommodations to its vaccine mandate violates the federal civil rights protections of our clients, the hard working men and women at United,” said Paoletta. “We look forward to our clients’ rights be permanently protected.”
United issued a statement defending its vaccine mandate.
“Vaccine requirements work and nearly all of United’s U.S. employees have chosen to get a shot. For a number of our employees who were approved for an accommodation, we’re working to put options in place that reduce the risk to their health and safety, including new testing regimens, temporary job reassignments and masking protocols.”
— CNN’s Gregory Wallace contributed to this report