On Oct. 15, all staff with an approved religious accommodation of unpaid leave, were required to turn in their office keys, badges, clearances, and company equipment (laptops, phones, pagers, etc).
Also on Oct. 15, an emergency temporary restraining order hearing was presided over by the Honorable Judge Atchley. At 5pm, he issued his ruling, granting the TRO. “Defendants [UT-Battelle] are hereby ENJOINED from terminating or placing on indefinite unpaid leave any employee who has received a religious or medical accommodation until such time a preliminary injunction hearing can be held.”
The preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23.
Tomorrow, Monday Oct. 18, we will return to ORNL to retrieve temporary badges, keys, and equipment.
Thank you everyone for your support. It is your prayers and donations which enable us to defend our rights.
I am truly humbled and overjoyed with everyone's generosity and prayers. The hope this gives our group is immeasurable. I am unable to control my emotions.
We will now be able to engage Mark Paoletta and the services of Schaerr Jaffe LLP to represent our case.
This initial amount supports the filing of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to pause UT-Battelle for 14 days.
In that time, we need to raise an estimated $200k to file a Preliminary Injunction to stop UT-Battelle.