WASHINGTON, DC -- Strained by extended tours in Iraq, growing numbers of military reservists say the government is providing little help to soldiers who are denied their old jobs when they return home, Defense Department data shows.This article is from the November 12, 2007 issue of The Career News, an e-newsletter. It is posted here in full with permission from The Career News.
The Pentagon survey of reservists in 2005-2006, details increasing discontent among returning troops in protecting their rights after taking leave from work to serve their country. 44 percent said they were dissatisfied with how the Labor Department handled their employment discrimination complaints based on their military status. 29 percent, said they had difficulty getting the information from government agencies charged with protecting their rights. 77 percent reported they didn't even bother trying to get assistance in part because they didn't think it would make a difference.
"This is shameful because Iraqi bullets and bombs don't discriminate. Yet reservists face job discrimination here in America after serving in war," said Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense. Legal experts say we're likely to see more complaints once the Iraq war winds down and more people come home after an extended period in which employers were forced to restructure or hire new workers.
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