Nike has had a vaccine mandate set in place since October, and now they are saying that they will fire unvaccinated employees if they have not given the company a medical or religious exemption as of Saturday, Jan. 15th.
“You failed to complete the verification process and our records show that you do not have an approved (exemption),” reads an e-mail sent to a Nike employee last week. “As a result, you are not in compliance with the Policy and your employment is scheduled to be terminated on Saturday, January 15, 2022.”
Columbia Sportswear will be doing something similar to Nike starting Feb. 1 according to the same report. Neither Nike nor Columbia have put out any statements in response to the report at the time of this writing.
At first, Nike was going to have employees return to work on Jan. 10th on a hybrid schedule, but those plans ended up not ging through and a new return date has not been announced.
“We do believe over time that with innovation and a strong brand, we want to go to a hybrid model,” Nike CEO John Donahoe said during last month’s 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.”
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