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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 01:38 PM
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Iraq Vet Gets Pink Slip (Boston firefighter loses job while serving in Iraq)
Source: boston channel

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- The budget battle being waged in cities and towns across Massachusetts reached the front lines last week, when a soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq received his pink slip.

NewsCenter 5s Kelley Tuthill reported that Leo Pike, who was deployed to Iraq again in September with the Navy Reserves, opened his mail Thursday and learned that he will be losing his job as a New Bedford firefighter.

He loves being a firefighter, said Pikes fiance Renee Garbitt. He loves his job and he says that hes one of those people thats happy to go to work every day.

Garbitt, who is raising their 2-year-old son, Leo, on her own while Pike is deployed over seas, said that the layoffs were enacted with little consideration for the disadvantages the family would face as a result of Pikes military service.

Hes going to have to come home to no job and, now, competing with 76 others who have had quite a head start on him, Garbitt said.

Read more: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/18852988/detail.ht...
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benddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 01:52 PM
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1. that's illegal!
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 01:56 PM
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2. Damn Skippy....
The city needs to recieve a letter from the VA and his Senator....whats his name John Kerry?
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 01:58 PM
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4. No, it's not. (Edit: At least, not in this situation, based on the facts in the article.)
Edited on Wed Mar-04-09 02:01 PM by eyesroll
If the FD picked him for a termination because he was in Iraq, then yes, it's illegal.

If the FD had to layoff a number of people, and he was in line due to seniority or other objective criteria, like his whole unit got cut (in other words, he'd have been laid off regardless of whether he was in Iraq), then no, it's not illegal.

I do believe the FD cannot consider military absences as a strike against seniority (so if there are recalls or reassignments, he should get dibs on them based on his seniority whether he's in Iraq or not), but that's about it.
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pasto76 Donating Member (835 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 02:03 PM
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5. Concur
thats a good sum up of USERRA. And yes, they cannot consider a deployment absence as a hit on seniority. The law is pretty good....when the troops know about it and can enforece their rights.
My experience is employers are not always forthcoming...
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jb5150 Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 04:52 PM
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7. Either way
It's going to make for bad publicity...


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raebrek Donating Member (467 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 01:58 PM
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3. That is what I was thinking
When you have been away fighting a war your employer is required to keep a job open for you when you return. That is what I remember.

Raebrek!!!
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 02:07 PM
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6. We are just gong to have to face we can not have endless war and occupation in Iraq
and Afghanistan and have 800 military bases around the world, and then expect the have jobs and a healthy economy at home.

Does anyone see that the country has collapsed? The wars and the Wall Street have sucked all the money out of this country.
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Kalyan Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 05:48 AM
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8. legal but cheap
Did the dept head spend even a few minutes to think before making a decision like this? His decision is bone-headed, to be charitable.

oh, by the way - he will be lying if he says that he supports the troops. Idiot!
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 07:54 AM
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9. Not Boston - it is Fall River - completely different city
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TEmperorHasNoClothes Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 09:24 AM
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10. employers shouldn't be held captive when employees choose to enlist, IMHO
I'm not one who believes everyone has to roll over and bow to those who choose to enlist or to assume just because people serve that they are heros. We have a volunteer military, and the rest of the world shouldn't have to be on hold because of that. Employers have to run businesses whether in the public or private sectors, people hired to replace those who chose to join the military shouldn't have to fear firing because of someone else's decision to be enlisted.
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