Deployed soldier loses job after leave is extended

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pamela Reynolds, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, has lost her bid for a federal court injunction to recover her job.

Reynolds, a physical therapist from Ames, filed for the injunction in December after she returned from active duty in Texas to find her job at Green Hills Retirement Community had been eliminated.

U.S. Federal District Court Judge Robert Pratt denied the injunction in a ruling last month. He said Reynolds hadn't proven the likelihood that she will win her lawsuit or "suffer irreparable harm" if the injunction isn't granted.

Reynolds seeks the reinstatement of her job at the same seniority and pay, back pay, damages and costs related to the case.

Her plight has inspired state lawmakers, and the Legislature passed a bill this month which would assure that troops on extended deployment could get their civilian jobs back - or comparable ones - when they return home.

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