Vt. National Guard Member Suing Prison for Alleged Illegal Firing
Rutland, Vermont - August 25, 2009
A former prison guard is suing the state, claiming he was illegally fired from his job because he's in the Vermont National Guard.
Daniel Brown, of Rutland, began working at the state prison in Springfield as a full-time temporary officer in February. He was fired in May shortly after telling his supervisor about his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The lawsuit alleges Brown's supervisor told him there was no reason to keep him on staff at the prison since he'd be leaving the state for a year-long tour of duty. Under federal law members of the armed services are entitled to job security, especially after returning from deployment. Brown is seeking unspecified damages in the suit.
Brown is one of several guard members who claim to have been passed over by the prison because of their military service. The state has launched an investigation into the complaints.
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