We are airing these United Airline interviews on our IN PLAIN SIGHT show as well as American Conversations show because United Airlines has 29 international locations. This is an international story on what United did to their employees and what the mandated vaccinations mean now to SAFETY in the SKIES.
CDMedia's American Conversations and Global Conversations IN PLAIN SIGHT host Christine Dolan interviews United Airlines lawsuit plaintiffs Brenda Mallet and Kip Hendershot.
Brenda Mallet just passed the 30 year mark as a flight attendant. She started her career flying with Continental. She spent 19 years flying international routes before Continental merged with United. She speaks italian. Mallet graduated from university with a Bachelors in Biology, and has her Masters in Public Health. She helped build a clinic in Ghana and has completed medical missions to Guatemala for several years.
Mallet was placed on unpaid leave on November 12, 2021 and forced to go back to work for United in March 2022.
Kip Hendershot flew for the U.S. Air Force for 23 years as a Fighter pilot. He graduated from fighter weapons school. Hendershot was hired in 1999 as a Flight Officer. Today, he is an Airbus 320 Captain. He has flown various models of the Boeing B737, B757, B767, and Airbus A319/320.
Hendershot's religious exemption was granted and then he was placed on an unpaid leave of absence from November 12, 2021 to March 28, 2022.
While on unpaid leave, Henderson was an active employee when it suited UAL and an inactive employee when it suited United. When active, he could access his 401(K). As an inactive employee, he lost all benefits - medical, dental, vision, flight, and all monies in his Flexible Spending Account.
"I did not receive unemployment and did not seek employment as it would have been unfair to the new employer should he return to United; essentially in limbo," wrote Henderson to CDMedia.