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Lawsuit Accuses California U. of Pa. of Bias Against Hiring National Guardsman

A first lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who has worked as a part-time physical-therapy instructor at the university said it had denied him a full-time job opportunity, and then refused to renew his part-time job, because his military training took him away from his teaching duties. Zackary Dawson said he was basing his lawsuit on the state’s wrongful-discharge laws and a federal law banning workplace discrimination against members of the armed forces. In his legal complaint, Mr. Dawson said that, after missing some six weeks of classes last fall while on duty, he lost a chance to work full time at the university and then was told he would not be needed, even on a part-time basis, for the spring semester, “because of my military obligations.” A spokeswoman for the university declined to comment, as did a spokesman for the State System of Higher Education, of which it is part. But the system spokesman, Kenn Marshall, acknowledged the laws that “protect the rights of military personnel who are deployed” and said that “we go beyond that.”


He joined the Guard, and in December 2011 was appointed as a medical officer. That led to a two-week medical support stint at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in September 2012, followed by the one-month Basic Officer Leader Training in Texas in November.

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