Sunday, May 3, 2009

City denied qualified war vet a job

From the Daily News:

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin says the city violated Assistant Deputy Warden Emilio Pennes' civil rights by requiring him to appear for a 2007 interview even though the Army had ordered him to Florida.

In February 2007, the Army ordered him to report to Orlando, Fla., to oversee a unit that provides medical and psychological support to soldiers returning from Iraq.

While there, he was told he would have to return to New York to interview for the deputy warden job on March 29, 2007. Pennes' offer to be interviewed by phone was turned down, prosecutors say.

Despite ranking first among 13 candidates for the job, Pennes was passed over, prosecutors say. Seven others were chosen before him.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a winning lawsuit and he will get the job.Then doc will harrass him and say he is incompetent! winner of lawsuit # 2

Taxpayer said...

Put me on BOTH juries. I will be entirely impartial as I vote in his favor both times.

The stupendous arrogant, brazen lawbreaker, DOC.

Pennes protects us by obeying the law. DOC offends us by defiantly breaking it.

Maybe the DOC officials need to spend some time under guard in the facilities they pretend to supervise.

Anonymous said...

"Tommy, this, and Tommy that, and chuck him out, the brute, but the hero of his country when the guns begin to shoot."

Kipling had it right when he wrote about the British soldier a century ago and we still look for the "hero of his country, when the guns begin to shoot."

I hope they skip the lawsuits and just give him the job.

Anonymous said...

Oh, please. The guy refused to show up for a job interview. Whose rights were violated?

Queens Crapper said...

Wow the Bloomberg defenders were up early this morning. The law states that qualified applicants with military experience get first priority. He tried to be accommodating even though he was on active duty. The city should be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

The man was helping troops coming home from the Middle East. We should give him a medal at the interview

Anonymous said...

It wasn't a "job inteview" either. For him to be up for Deputy Warden, he would have had to already be working for the Corrections Department for Decades.

He was discriminated against because of his active duty status and as far as I know that is against Federal law.

Anonymous said...

He was discriminated against, the city should cut its losses, and embarssment, simply give him his promtion, I bet he desrves it, and make a monetary settlement.

Anonymous said...

City Cuts its losses Settlement made on behalf of Veteran, way to go Justice Department. Three years Back Pay payment within 60 days, and promotion within thirty days. Retaliation Clause included in the event the City of New York attempts to violate the Soldiers right. Two thumbs up for the Justice Department.