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Justice Department: Government contractor illegally terminated Coast Guard reservist

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a complaint Dec. 12 against Bridges Consulting Inc. (Bridges), a government contractor with headquarters in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, for allegations of violating the employment rights of a member of the Armed Forces.

Lt. Commander Bobby L. Lindsay is a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard. According to the Justice Department, Bridges retaliated against him after he complained that the company had drawn funds from his retirement account. Bridges purportedly terminated his employment after the complaint. Alleged conduct of this nature violates the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

“This lawsuit is another example of the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to protecting the employment rights of the members of our armed forces,” said acting assistant attorney general John M. Gore of the Civil Rights Division.  “The men and women of our reserve forces deserve the peace of mind that their civilian employment will be there when they return from serving our country.”

The Justice Department filed the complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

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