The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Wal-Mart. They get the award for the following.

The Department of Justice has sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on behalf of a former airman, claiming the company didn’t give him his job back after he was discharged from the military, the department announced Monday.

The lawsuit on behalf of Sean Thornton, a former airman with the United States Air Force, alleges Wal-Mart violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 by failing to reinstate him as a cashier at an Orange City store after he was discharged.

The act requires that workers who leave their jobs to serve in the military be given their job back when they return, the statement said.

“No person should be disadvantaged in the workplace for serving our country in the military,” Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Grace Chung Becker said in the justice department statement.

The Justice Department said it filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Orlando. A Wal-Mart spokesman declined comment on the allegations Monday because he couldn’t confirm Wal-Mart had received a copy of the complaint.

The law is pretty clear cut. Our brave fighting men and women who serve in the reserves deserve their jobs back when they come home. Mr. Thornton fought so this retail chain could remain in business, then he gets fired as a thank you. That lack of gratitude is part of why I name Wal-Mart today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

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