John Pierce Law has filed a lawsuit against Atlas Air, on behalf of US Freedom Flyers (USFF) and Atlas employees, and plans to sue all major airlines, 18 altogether, plus the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), contending that the vaccine mandates imposed by these agencies on the airlines' employees infringed on their constitutional, religious, and medical liberties.
The lawsuit against Atlas Air was filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, with over 100 plaintiffs pursuing litigation.
Plaintiffs are mostly unvaccinated pilots, flight attendants, as well as other Atlas staff.
"It is also about the safety of America’s airline industry. Should pilots—under federal regulation required to be among the healthiest workers in the United States—who have taken an experimental 'vaccine' that is now shown to have potentially deadly, long-term side effects, be allowed to fly massive aircraft in our skies? While those who have (smartly) refrained from such a course be forced out of their jobs?" it states.
Atlas Air is one of the industry’s largest cargo carrier companies and the world's largest operator of the Boeing 747 aircraft.
"So the complaint has been filed. We're in the process of serving everyone. And then, we'll likely be looking for some kind of injunctive relief here soon to make sure that all the COVID-related mandates stop immediately. And then we'll proceed [with] litigation, motion, practice, and discovery and then onward to trial eventually," Pierce told The Epoch Times.
This week, John Pierce Law plans to file another lawsuit against United Airlines.
"We'll be hitting basically all of them in sequence, and then we'll be going after the FAA as well. We're gonna get these vaccine mandate type of rules and COVID restrictions ruled unconstitutional. And we're gonna get findings that there was discrimination under Title Seven. We're gonna get punitive damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress and things like that," Pierce said.
"It's going to require a big fix, ultimately. And that's probably going to require legislation and kind of getting all the stakeholders at the table, but the first step is civil litigation."
Pierce said that as soon as he heard about the airline mandates he predicted that it would be the next big wave of litigations.
"[These lawsuits are] absolutely crucial. It's a very, very red line—If you get to the point where you have to choose between getting an experimental drug shot in your arm and your paycheck, that's just unAmerican, it's unconstitutional, it's outrageous, it's sickening."
"If that's not the hill to die on when it comes to liberty, that's about as close as I can imagine it," Pierce said.
"We're not doing class action. We're doing individual litigants. And the reason we're doing it that way is because so many people have been harmed and people have experienced different levels of harm. We have the unvaccinated who have been harassed, threatened, and intimidated into getting vaccinated. Then we have many people as well who got vaccinated against their will, who were coerced and forced into doing it under threat of losing their employment," Yoder said.
"And then, in addition, we have the vaccine-injured, and the numbers of vaccine-injured are growing by the day," Yoder went on, "It's just incredible what's happening with pilots."
Pilots have to maintain a flight physical in order to maintain their licenses.
"And so what we're seeing is many pilots are experiencing health conditions. Specifically, cardiac issues [are] what we're seeing a lot of. And many of these pilots are afraid to come forward because if they come forward they lose their flight physical, they lose their flight medical. So they're continuing to fly. We have a lot of pilots that are flying with chest pain and neurological conditions, because if they come forward they lose their careers," Yoder said.
Freedom Flyers is now acting as an advocacy group between the pilots, the FAA, and the companies in order to assist them in coming forward and speaking out on their conditions.
"We have a massive team of medical professionals who are helping these people, but we're asking everyone to come forward. While it's absolutely devastating to their careers, we need them to come forward because this is the safety of the American public that we're talking about," Yoder said.
The Epoch Times reached out to Atlas Air for comment.