Citigroup employees in the United States who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be fired, according to Reuters. At the same time, the employer must take into account the medical and religious factors that may prevent the employee from obtaining the vaccination when making the final decision.
As Reuters reporters found an internal Citigroup memo reported, unvaccinated bank employees have been sent on unpaid leave, and potential layoffs are scheduled for the end of the month. The company’s management decision is determined by the position of President Joe Biden’s administration, and it is important that companies representing government interests fully vaccinate employees.
Thus, the US bank is the first among other large Wall Street banks to adopt strict vaccination laws. So far, Citigroup has had a policy of encouraging vaccination since October 2021, but it was not required.
Data provided by Reuters shows that about 90 percent of bank employees are vaccinated, and others have worked remotely so far. At the same time, Citigroup indicated that when deciding on dismissal, the bank will also take into account additional considerations arising from the law of a particular country, such as doctor-confirmed vaccination contraindications or resulting from religion.
So far, two large US companies have opted for a “no appeal, no action” policy – google browser Auras United Airlines.
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