CNN fires three staff for coming to work unvaccinated | leisure
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN has fired three employees who violated company policies by coming to work unvaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
CNN chief Jeff Zucker shared the dismissal with employees in a memo sent Thursday reminding them that vaccines are mandatory when reporting to the office or to the field where they come into contact with other employees.
“Let me be clear about this – we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” wrote Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia’s news and sports division.
The memo was received by The Associated Press after its contents were first tweeted by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy. CNN did not provide any information about the layoffs or where the employees were.
Most of CNN’s offices are already open on a voluntary basis, and Zucker said more than a third of news workers have returned. Evidence of vaccination has been left to the honor system, he said, but that could change in the coming weeks.
The CNN leader said masks are required in the Atlanta, Washington and Los Angeles offices when people are not eating, drinking or in an enclosed private space. Even in offices where the wearing of masks is not mandatory, people should do what they feel comfortable “without fear of reprisal or conviction from colleagues,” he said.
The CNN memo also states that a planned company-wide return to the office on September 7th will be postponed to at least early to mid-October. Other media companies have made similar decisions due to the increase in COVID cases; The AP informed staff on Thursday that an expected return on September 13 had also been delayed.
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