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New Mexico U.S. attorney may have been fired in violation of USERRA

To get an idea of how wide a net is cast by USERRA, look at this AP article: New Mexico's former U.S. attorney, David Iglesias, is talking with the government's independent counsel about whether Justice Department officials violated federal law when they fired him late last year.

A deputy in the Office of Special Counsel, which protects federal government whistleblowers, first contacted Iglesias in early March as part of an inquiry into whether his firing may have violated a law that protects military reservists from discrimination. ...
Iglesias was one of eight U.S. attorneys fired last year as part of a Justice Department and White House plan to weed out some federal prosecutors in President Bush's second term. The firings are the subject of a congressional investigation.

Justice Department officials have said they added Iglesias to the list of prosecutors to be dismissed because his supervisors deemed him an "absentee landlord," who delegated too much authority to his second-in-command.

Iglesias acknowledges traveling out of New Mexico on U.S. attorney business and that he has spent some 40 to 45 days a year in his service in the Navy Reserve.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act prohibits an employer from denying any benefit of employment on the basis of an individual's military service. -- Reservist May Have Been Wrongly Fired

This entry was posted by Edward at 12:23 PM, 09 April 2007 | Categories: Military Service

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