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NIKE, Inc. Among Latest Companies To Fire Some Unvaccinated Employees

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Since April 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic took over much of the world, NIKE, Inc. has been taking measures to ensure its workforce has remained as safe as possible without completely hindering its global operations. Additionally, the company’s Innovation and Air Manufacturing Innovation teams have worked with medical professionals in the Portland, Oregon area to develop Personal Protective Equipment face shields. Most recently, the North American sportswear juggernaut has notified some corporate employees that it’ll be terminating their employment by Saturday, January 15th, for not meeting the company’s deadline for COVID-19 vaccination verification or valid exemption, according to reports from local news site Oregon Live.

“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,” the Swoosh wrote in an email to staff.

Employees at the brand’s Memphis warehouse – which has experienced some shutdowns over the last two years due to infected workers – as well as retail outposts have been excluded from complying to the policy that’ll terminate some corporate employees on Saturday. As widespread viral diseases continue to morph, however, NIKE, Inc. and other institutions may enforce similar compliance guidelines to non-corporate workers in attempts to curb the spread.

Away from corporate firings, the Swoosh conglomerate has dozens of 2022 Air Jordan releases prepped for the next 11 months.

Source: Oregon Live