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Nike to start firing unvaccinated employees

Jan 14, 2022, 4:48 AM
Nicole Pulido

Nicole Pulido

Writer

Companies in USA are firing unvaccinated workers.

ACCORDING to the newspaper Oregon Live, sports brand Nike is looking to fire employees who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination starting this weekend, January 15, 2022.

This, as the Swoosh team reportedly sent out an email to 14,000 Beaverton-based associates who did not meet the company’s December 1, 2021 vaccination deadline.

The email stated, “You failed to complete the verification process and our records show that you do not have an approved (exemption). As a result, you are not in compliance with the Policy and your employment is scheduled to be terminated on Saturday, January 15, 2022.”

Those who have not been vaccinated because of either medical or religious reasons have been exempt.

Nike’s approach to the vaccine mandate may be met with some resistance from employees, but many legal scholars believe that private employers can adopt government mandates regardless of the court ruling.

Nike employees were originally supposed to return to offices starting on January 10 as part of a new hybrid schedule. However, the company's CEO, John Donahoe, recently made the decision to wait it out.

"We do believe over time that with innovation and a strong brand, we want to go to a hybrid model," Donahoe said last month during an earnings call.
"As you know, in the United States we have mandated vaccines and have a very high response rate to that. So we’re ready to come back in a hybrid work environment when that’s safe."

The newspaper also reported that Columbia Sportswear will start terminating unvaccinated corporate employees on February 1, though the vaccine requirement won't apply to warehouse and retail employees.

Citigroup also has plans on firing employees who haven't been vaccinated against Covid-19 by January 14.

Several other Wall Street banks, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, have told unvaccinated employees to work from home, but have yet to fire staff over their vaccination status.

Tags: #vaccinations, #COVID19, #vaccinated


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