Sunday, January 2, 2011

Lawsuit Claims Wisconsin Doctor Fired Over Potential Redeployment

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a very short article about an emergency room doctor, David Merritt, at Black River Memorial Hospital in western Wisconsin who was terminated after he told hospital officials he might be redeployed in February. Merritt has filed a lawsuit against the hospital and is seeking reinstatement at the hospital, back pay and other damages.

The article is very brief and doesn't get into specifics of the lawsuit but Merritt more than likely filed a claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) which is federal legislation that protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily leave employment positions to undertake military service or certain types of service in the National Disaster Medical System. USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed services, and applicants to the uniformed services.

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