Court Sides With Soldier Who Sued Ala. Agency

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling that an Alabama agency broke the law when it failed to promptly rehire a soldier after he returned from Iraq.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a judge didn't err in finding that the Alabama Department of Mental Health violated federal law when it did not immediately rehire Roy Hamilton when he returned home from duty in April 2005.

Hamilton was a medical assistant at Tarwater Developmental Center in Wetumpka when his National Guard unit was deployed to Iraq in January 2004. The mental health department closed Tarwater while Hamilton was deployed.

He claims when he returned the department told him it had no record of his employment. He applied for openings until he was rehired in 2007.


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  • by Christine Location: Dothan, AL. on Apr 2, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    It is truly sad that it took this long to see justice served to a soldier that gladly served his country. I hope that each business will see this as an example of what is right an honorable to the men and women who serve us with their lives. I say it is only fare that they can come home and pickup where they left off and try to have a normal life as much as possible after going overseas. Thanks for your service to our United States of America and for keeping us safe by keeping the war away from our front doors.
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