"The Justice Department accused a Home Depot Inc. (HD) store in Arizona of illegally firing a National Guard soldier because he took too many absences to fulfill his service obligations. "
That is a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Early March (video above),
Do you remember the Sergeant up for dismissal from the marines for creating a Facebook page called "Armed Forces Tea Party"? Well a military board has just convened and has determined that Gary Stein ought to be discharged from the military.
This is not final yet but seems like what would happen.
Well in any case, it turns out Stein has a Youtube account as well and he posted a video interview of a man that says he was fired from a Temecula, CA Home Depot because he wanted to take "time off to go to MEPS and DEP". This was posted a month ago in early March.
The problem with stories like this is that we only hear one side of the story. Home Depot needs to give their side of this story quickly before it blows over in their face. And if they are at fault, they need to make things right.
Again we want to say that you know this is not a Home Depot Corp issue… They are very supportive of the military. This is a Store Manager issue. – Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page.
This was posted on the video description.
A Patriot called the Home Depot here in Temecula and this is what she got: I just called and spoke to a manager named Marsella.
I told her that it was my understanding that a male employee has had his employment terminated, at that store for wanting to join The United States Marine Corp and serve his country, is that correct?
She replied "Yes Ma’am."
I told her that I don’t think that Home Depot’s decision is very American.
She replied "That’s a matter of opinion."
I asked her how Home Depot expected to keep customers when you fire someone for wanting to serve his/her country? Since when is wanting to defend your country grounds for termination?
She replied "since now, I guess."
I told her that I would no longer be doing business with Home Depot, or any other business that imposes punishment on someone for trying to serve his/her country.
She said "Ma’am, I’m sorry you feel that way, however, you do what you have to do. Have a good day." and she hung up.