Punk Sergeant: 7/23/06 - 7/30/06

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Diane Watson, Barbra Boxer, Diane Feinstein don't support the Armed Services or the Marines!!!

The following letter was sent to these elected officals concerning the discriminatory hiring practices at Target. These Democrats don't even care about the US Military. It's clear they are more concerned about blaming each other for the war than taking care of those who have served!


U.S. Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210

Veterans' Employment and Training Service
U.S. Department of Labor
800 Capitol Mall, Room W1142
P.O. Box 826880
Sacramento, California 94280-0001

National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1555 Wilson Blvd, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22209-2405

The Honorable Diane E. Watson
United States House of Representatives
125 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0533

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0504

The Honorable Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0505

Subject: Violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Title 38 U.S.C. 4311 (a). Request Department of Labor open an investigation and file a claim against the Target Corporation for violations against USERRA.

Recently, I returned from the Camp Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the United States Marine Corps. As my active duty orders where to expire in early June, I chose to look for a new civilian employment. In early May, I applied for a position at the Target Corporation via their on-line career website. On May 30th I had my first telephone interview with MM. The interview went well and I was told that I would be called the following week to go the next stage of the interviews. On June 6th I had an interview with Mrs. D the store team leader (california).

In my opinion of the second interview, I was lead to believe that it went well; however, during course of the interview the follow discussion took place.
Mrs. D asked, “Are you going to deploy to Iraq again?”
CH: “First off, be advised you are not allowed to ask that question. And the answer is no, I will not redeploy, I’m not currently under contract.”
Mrs. D: “So you are done.”
CH: “No, not quite. In a few weeks have 13 years in the service, I will still be reservist.”
Mrs. Doushgounian: “What does that involve?”
CH: “That means one weekend a month, and two weeks in the summer.”
After this conversation, the topic moved on to the next subject. At the end of I was told that the district office would contact me and I was given a Target information package. I also signed release forms to allow Target Corporation to check my credit report and authorization for a drug test as required.

On Monday, June 19th Mr. M contacted me via the phone. He told me that there was communication gap between him and Mrs. D and someone would be contacting me soon. On June 28th I contacted Mr. M to find out the status of my application process. Mr. M, called back and stated that Target was not interested in my services and gave no explanation. When pressed for an explanation Mr. M stated the scripted corporate line, “Target was no longer interested in my services”.

In retrospect, there is no doubt in my mind I’m clearly qualified for the position of senior executive team leader at Target. As a commissioned officer in the united States Marines Corps, a member of the Battalion Staff of a Provisional Military Police Battalion, an impeccable combat service record and a MBA student at Pepperdine University there is clearly no logical explanation for not proceeding to the next round of interviews with Target Corporation, other than out right discrimination. (My resume is available upon request)

Clearly, this an absolute and blatant violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and specifically a violation of Title 38 U.S.C. 4311 (a):
“A person who is a member of, applies to be a member of, performs, has performed, applies to perform, or has an obligation to perform service in a uniformed service shall not be denied initial employment, reemployment, retention in employment, promotion, or any benefit of employment by an employer on the basis of that membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation.”

The “motivating factor” for this discrimination is clearly my continued involvement in the Marine Corps Reserves. The position of senior executive team leader would require me to work every other weekend. Clearly my reserve commitment or “one weekend a month” commitment would prove very difficult for the store schedule to manage. This does not even consider my two-week annual training or the possibility of redeploying.

I have been in the Marine Corps Reserves for over 13 years. Without a doubt I’m proud to be a Marine and my service in the Untied States Marine Corps. I have been to the front lines and I have served proudly. Under no circumstances will I tolerate any form of discrimination leveled at myself because of my service and continued service in the Marine Corps Reserve. I would like clear explanation as to why I was discriminated against at Target Corporation; the burden of proof now lies in Target Corporation’s court.

To Senators and Congresswoman: Regardless of party affiliation, the reality is that reservist and guard members are coming home to face ignorance and discrimination in the workforce. The National Guard and Reservist have protected America from terrorist and enemies of the state, now it’s time to return the favor by protecting them when they return.

Chief Warrant Officer 2
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

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