March 6, 2013
A 25-year-old woman filed an Indiana Wrongful Termination lawsuit against her former employer for being let go after missing work after she reported for duty with the Indiana National Guard.
A story from ABC 57 News explains the woman was asked to work at a Great Clips hair salon on Feb. 23 and 24. The woman told her manager that she was supposed to train with the National Guard on those days, but the manager told her it was the employee’s responsibility to find coverage for their shifts. The woman attempted to find someone to work the hours, but was unable to find a replacement. She instead reported for duty as ordered.
When the woman returned to work at the hair salon the following Monday, she was fired by the district manager for missing her shifts.
In 1994, the United States implemented U.S. Code Title 38, which states an employer must work with and accommodate active-duty service military members’ obligations and schedules.
Since the incident, the company has offered the woman her job back; however, she declined the position, citing the damage that has already been done to their professional relationship.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of ensuring the job security of military service members. The firm hopes a decision in the case will bring closure on the incident to the woman who was wrongfully fired.