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U.S. Postal Service ordered to pay fired soldier $2 million

U.S. Postal Service Ordered To Pay $2 Million To Fired Soldier

After being fired back in 2000 for taking too much time off for his military service, Sgt. Richard Erickson won a seven-year legal battle against the U.S. Postal Service. A federal board denied a Postal Service appeal and ordered the agency to reinstate his job at a post office in Ft. Myers, Florida by Jan 20. The soldier will be awarded with $2 million in back pay and benefits.

Erickson accused the Postal Service of violating an act that protects the civilian jobs of service members who are called away to military duty. He currently serves with the Army's Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

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mission1st January 12 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yes!

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highrollerva January 12 2014 at 10:53 PM

I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME!! Glade he WON!! Conreats!!

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rcgrisius January 12 2014 at 10:25 PM

Congrats!! I'm sorry it took so many years to finally win. I had a law suit against a federal agency - it took 5 years of my life. It was finally settled right before we filed it with the Supreme Court. Thank you for your service to our country.

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reddhottldyk January 12 2014 at 8:08 PM

Great job well done!!! Beat any job that discriminate..

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PATRICK January 13 2014 at 3:30 AM

I worked for the USPS for 31 years and was not a vet. Although his back pay and benefits do not come close to 2 million dollars in 7 years, I can understand how he may have been unfairly treated. Not most, but too many USPS brass suffer from the "Little Ceasar" complex, as I call it. Our former plant manager was gone for an entire year in Iraq for military service and was lauded for it when I was working there! But underlings are often targets of abuse for many reasons. I have seen cancer victims, workers caring for sick and elderly in their families, etc., abused in the same manner over the years. One fellow worker was about to be terminated because of missing work for Krohn's disease. He was young and confided in me that he did not expect to live much longer. He died 2 months later, not yet terminated, but constantly harrassed at work by management for using his sick leave. This type of behavior is especially rampant now that the USPS is trying to reduce the size of its career work force. One letter carrier was ill going to work on a day well over 100 degrees, and his manager would not let him go home. He died of a heart attack on his route. They simply transfered the manager to another station. These rogue managers, and again, I say it is only a few of them, are trying to climb the corporate ladder at any expense, including injury and death of a subordinate, with little fear that they weill loose their own jobs. The USPS will fight this soldier tooth and nail with their stable of lawyers. Most victims can't fight these costly legal battles and are just lost and forgotten in the system. And, by the way, the USPS does not operate on tax dollars...do your homework. Yes, it is controlled by Congress and an independent board of governors, but has been financially indeependent since the 1970's. And for those who want a 5 day delivery week, so does hte USPS, CONGRESS will not let them change their business model...go figure.

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Jennifer January 12 2014 at 11:01 PM

It was horrible that he had to fight to get his job back.

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danforthor January 12 2014 at 9:06 PM

Dum Dum Dum, Even one of the biggest national employers can't figure it out. Not only make it right, but punish the hell out of them.

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rattpoison55 January 12 2014 at 10:11 PM

It is illegal to fire a military service employee while they are deployed. This should not have taken this long to resolve, and someone in the post office should have gone to prison for firing him.

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tjcuda rattpoison55 January 12 2014 at 10:27 PM

Anyone who has been disciplined by the Postal Service will tell you that you will never be able to pin any one manager down for this type of personnel violation. Finding any one manager responsible is like picking up mercury with a catchers mitt.

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patricia720205 January 12 2014 at 9:20 PM

I AM A RETIRED LETTER CARRIER WITH 30 YEARS IN THE P.O. HAVE BEEN RETIRED 13 YEARS......THANK GOD......POSTAL MANAGEMENT GETS LAMER EVERY YEAR.THEY TAKE POOR CARRIERS & CLERKS & MAKE SUPERVISORS OUT OF THEM....AND THEN THEY BRAINWASH THEM TO THERE IDIOT WAYS.....SO,GO FIGURE!!!!!!! CONGRATS TO THIS RESERVE SOLDIER FOR GETTING HIS JOB & BENEFITS BACK......GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!

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Jsewje January 12 2014 at 6:24 PM

It's about time. God Bless You Erickson.

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Mike & Ann Jsewje January 12 2014 at 6:34 PM

Amen.....that was real dumb on their part.....Hope it is tax free....The Unit he is with may not be the ones to piss off...Go Sgt...

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