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American Conversations Host Christine Dolan interviews Michelle Miller and Kevin Zwierko who have worked for United Airlines and are plaintiffs in the suit against the airline, its CEO Scott Kirby, and their board of directors.
Michelle Miller has worked for United Airlines for 29 years in Customer Service at the International Terminal for ticketing and checking in passengers.
Throughout the height of the pandemic in 2020, Miller interacted with the public until September 2021 without a covid vaccination.
After United Airlines mandates the shots in August 2021 and informs their employees that they had to apply by September 2021 for religious exemptions, Miller applied. Her religious exemption was accepted.
Subsequently, she was “segregated into an abandoned cashier’s office without ventilation,” states Miller. “My minor daughter’s health insurance was cancelled twice and UAL took two vacation days that I earned,” added Miller.
Miller alleges that she has received continuous reprisals from both management and colleagues that has resulted in “a hostile and toxic work environment.”
A memo was sent out identifying the unvaccinated United employees as unvaccinated which Miller claims is a “HIPAA violation” and “compromised my safety by posting my status on social media” further adds Miller.
Kevin Zwierko loves aviation and worked for United Airlines as a pilot for five years. He started out working at Washington Dulles International Airport in the bag room and graduated to a ramp supervisor and a British Airways account manager by the age of 17.
At Purdue University, he majored in Aeronautical Technology. He was commissioned in the US Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida, and served as a Naval Aviator earning him “Wings of Gold.” He flew the P-3C Orion in the Middle East, Europe, and Central America. His last tour was with the Seventh Fleet based in Japan where he developed strategic partnerships with foreign nations and transitioned to C-130s supplying global logistical support.
After working with regional carriers, he landed at United Airlines.
During the covid lockdowns, Zwierko’s faith became even stronger because he witnessed something was just not right across the globe.
He applied for a religious exemption and was granted it in 2021 and was placed on unpaid leave without benefits. He returned to flying for United when invited back by its management.
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