CNN President Jeff Zucker says the network has terminated three employees who came into the office unvaccinated.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” Zucker said.
Zucker sent CNN staff members the following memo, which the New York Times obtained:
More from Jeff Zucker memo to CNN staff: pic.twitter.com/KDhh6sPpZM
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) August 5, 2021
All adults who want to get vaccinated can receive the vaccine. Unvaccinated co-workers are not a threat to vaccinated adults, even though CNN tells its viewers they are. However, a rule is a rule until it’s changed. I disagreed with the rule that Sha’Carri Richardson couldn’t smoke weed ahead of the Olympics. Yet it is the rule, and Richardson broke it. If you want to challenge authority — which I often encourage — you don’t do it by breaking the rule and getting fired or suspended.
As for the legal aspect, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its guidelines in May to state that U.S. employers could require workers who physically enter a workplace to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This statement appears to protect CNN’s decision.
Unless that line changes, CNN can continue to fire the unvaccinated and keep Zoom masturbators.