KEY POINTS

  • Dex Briggs worked as a marketing manager at the company's headquarters in Portland
  • He said he didn't want to upload his vaccine card for verification by an unidentified third party
  • Briggs was allegedly fired from his job last month

A fully vaccinated Nike employee has claimed that he was fired from his job after he refused to share his proof of vaccination with an unidentified third party for verification.

Dex Briggs, 53, who worked as a marketing manager at the company's headquarters in Portland, was allegedly terminated last month for not uploading his vaccine details, New York Post reported

Briggs, who was with the company for more than 22 years, said he was ready to show the vaccine card to Nike but was concerned about the company's policy that mandates its employees to share their information with another company for verification purposes.

According to Briggs, he simply feared identity theft as he and his wife had already been victimized by it before.

"I have my vaccination card. I'm quite willing to show you that. But I'm not willing to give my personal information to this (outside) company, and any other company they want to share it with, without even telling me who they are," he said, as per the outlet.

Nike announced in September 2021 that all of its employees need to be fully vaccinated. It later requested its workers to upload their vaccine cards to the software created by an unidentified third-party company. It reportedly said that those who would fail to complete the verification process on time would be terminated. 

Briggs said he did not feel worried when the vaccine mandate was announced as he was fully vaccinated. "It doesn't really matter because I'm already vaccinated," he thought at the time, as per Oregon Live.

However, he felt frustrated when Nike requested the employees to perform the verification process without providing details about the platform where they would have to share their information, Texas News Today noted in a report.

"What are they trying to accomplish with this policy? That should be all that matters," Briggs said, expressing his frustration that the company is refusing to recognize his vaccination status.

According to reports, Nike announced that it would dismiss employees who would fail to secure a medical or religious exemption on Jan. 15. However, how many employees have been terminated due to the vaccine mandate remains unknown.

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