Recently, CNN has officially dismissed three of its employees for the crime of coming into the office unvaccinated. This is now a violation of the news outlet’s brand new policy that forces employees to be vaccinated in order to be able to return to work in person.
As part of a memo sent out on Thursday that has been obtained by The New York Times, these firings were revealed to all employees by Jeff Zucker, the CNN network president.
“EVERYONE from news, sports and studios who comes in now and going forward must be vaccinated. We have been clear about this for months, so there should be no confusion,” stated Zucker as part of his internal memo.
“In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated. All three have been terminated,” read the memo. “Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this.”
This set of dismissals by CNN is just one of the first in a series of examples of a large-scale company dismissing workers who have gone against the company’s recently made vaccination mandates, reported the Times. All Details on the fired employees, like their names, the department in which they worked, or how the status of their vaccination came to light, were not spoken about in the memo.
CNN terminated "three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated," per memo from Jeff Zucker. "We have a zero-tolerance policy on this."
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“Thus far, we have left proof of vaccination to an honor system,” stated the document, making note that CNN has until now not required its employees to produce a vaccine card in order to be able to return to in-person work.
The memo issued by Zucker also contained a warning that “in the weeks ahead, showing proof of vaccination may become a formal part of the WarnerMedia Passcard process.”
“Regardless, our expectations remain in place,” stated Zucker.
“You need to be vaccinated to come to the office. And you need to be vaccinated to work in the field, with other employees, regardless of whether you enter an office or not. Period.”
The president of CNN then encouraged all employees of the company who are seeking the ability to return to in-person work to do so. Over a third of CNN’s domestic staff are currently back in their offices, stated Zucker.
“I think it is fair to say that we are all feeling a mix of anticipation, anxiety, frustration, confusion, and exasperation. All of that is to be expected. We all have decisions to make that impact so many aspects of our lives. I get it. If nothing else, the resilience and perseverance you all have shown for 18 months now needs to continue a little bit longer. But we will get there. Continue to take care of yourselves and each other. And I will share more updates just as soon as we have them,” ended the document.