Three CNN employees dismissed for coming to work without being vaccinated
The Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for anyone working in the field, in contact with other employees or face to face in CNN offices , according to an internal memo that has leaked to the press.
CNN announced to its staff, Thursday, August 5, that three employees had been sacked for violating the channel’s health policy and coming to work without being vaccinated against Covid-19 , according to American media.
In an internal memo emailed to staff and leaked to the press, CNN chairman Jeff Zucker explained that the channel was told three of its employees showed up to the office unvaccinated last week. All three, he said, have been “fired”. The document does not specify the names or the positions held by the employees. “Let me be clear: we have a zero tolerance policy in this regard,” he said in excerpts from the memo tweeted by Oliver Darcy, a CNN reporter.
The vaccine is mandatory for anyone working in the field, in contact with other employees or face to face in CNN offices, the president of the company said in this email. In May, the US federal government ruled that employers could legally require staff in the workplace to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Tech giants including Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all said their employees could get vaccinated before returning to face-to-face work.
CNN has fired three of its employees for coming to work unvaccinated, reported the Associated Press (AP) on Friday morning, citing an internal company memo sent by the US news channel chief Jeff Zucker to the terminated staff. “Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” the memo read, referring to the media organisation’s strict stance on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19)-related protocols.
The CNN memo, first obtained by AP, was later tweeted by media reporter Oliver Darcy. The organisation, however, offered no official details on the firing.