Chicago Fire Department faces charges related to USERRA Rights

Chicago Fire Department faces charges related to USERRA Rights

The Department of Justice filed a case against the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case has been filed on behalf of Captain and Judge Advocate Derrick Strong. The City of Chicago Fire Department has been alleged with violating the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994.

According to the court documents, the CFD failed to provide an opportunity to Strong. Strong was deployed for an active duty military service and missed to participate in a promotional exam due to the deployment. John R, Lausch, Jr., the US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said, “The men and women of our armed forces make personal sacrifices to protect our nation.”

Lausch added that the rights of the men and women of the armed forces must be protected. He added that the Department of Justice would protect their rights at any cost. Eric Dreiband, an assistant US attorney of the Civil Rights Division, said, “Beginning with the American Revolution and every day since the Revolution, American patriots risked their lives to defend our nation.”

Dreiband added that it was the responsibility of the United States to protect the rights of the servicemembers and did not let the employers penalize them for performing their military duties. He added that every American owed a debt of gratitude for their soldiers. Drieband further added that the Department of Justice would keep working for the enforcement of the civil rights of the servicemembers.

The complaint said that Strong was assigned as a Trial Counsel and Administrative Law Attorney to the 416th Theater Engineer Command’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. He is also serving as a Cross-Trained Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. He was deployed with the US Army Reserve from Sep. 30, 2016, to June 26, 2017. The CFD conducted a promotional examination when he was performing his duties with the US Army. Strong filed a complaint against the CFD that it failed to provide him a promotional opportunity.

Senior writer at the Chicago Morning Star

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