Nike May Start Firing Unvaccinated Workers
Nike may start terminating unvaccinated employees this weekend.
The corporation will terminate unvaccinated employees who do not have a medical or religious exemption on Saturday, January 15.
In an email sent to a Nike employee last week, the company said the individual had failed to complete the verification procedure. Consequently, you are in violation of the Policy and your job will be terminated on January 15, 2022.
According to the same story, Columbia Sportswear will follow suit on Feb. 1. Neither Nike nor Columbia have responded to the report as of this writing.
Nike had intended to return employees on a hybrid schedule on Jan. 10, but that plan was cancelled and no new date has been set.
According to Nike CEO John Donahoe, a hybrid approach will be implemented with innovation and a strong brand in the future. “As you know, the US has mandated vaccines with a very high response rate. So we’re ready to return in a safe hybrid work environment.”
Nike’s radical approach to vaccination regulations may face legal challenges. Despite the legal difficulties to broad government mandates, legal academics tend to agree that private businesses can impose mandates regardless of the court judgement.
Approximately 120 Nike employees have expressed their displeasure with the rules online, although it is unknown how many are unvaccinated.