Wednesday March 28 Oregonians learned that the city of Salem Oregon and the Salem Fire Department settled an employment discrimination claims following a civil rights investigation launched by the Oregon Department of Justice. Complaints by Oregon firefighters and guardsmen alleged discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and state laws, which prohibits discrimination against service persons who to participate in military trainings and deployments. The retaliatory claims alleged that the Salem entities refused to cooperate with National Guard scheduling and improperly terminated some servicemen during probationary service.The settlement requires Salem and the Salem Fire Department to change their treatment of service persons engaged in military training or deployments. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan will monitor to ensure settlement compliance. Judge Hogan retains authority to require additional money damages if necessary.
Employment Retaliation Settlement: Salem, Oregon
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“Helping Everyday People, Every Day” is not just a slogan. It is my passion. I seek justice for you, an injured and/or disabled person facing a powerful insurance company or employer. Why? Because helping folks in claim distress makes best use of my unique blend of insurance defense and inside claim handling experience. I worked for insurance companies or their law firms from 1990 to 2001. As a result, I know insurers and employers have great power and sometimes abuse that power. I now work to prevent that from happening. I opened Rizk Law Offices in 2002. I have a big heart and insights only a former insurance attorney can have. Call me if you think I might be able to help you. – Richard H. Rizk