KING 5 NEWS SEATTLE
10:34 PM PST on Thursday, March 6, 2008
By CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News
SEATTLE – Kelly Hansen of Kirkland has served for many years as a National Guard chaplain. But now she says it has cost her her job as a chaplain at Children's Hospital in Seattle.
She was required to drill for a weekend and take time off work.
"The first day she came back to work after her drill weekend she was called into her supervisor's office and terminated," said James Beck, her lawyer.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Seattle Federal Court, Hansen claims she was fired because Children's Hospital knew that her unit was on alert and she would be leaving for a 14-month deployment to Iraq.
State and federal law require businesses to hold jobs for employees serving the Guard and Reserves, and those that don’t can face stiff penalties.
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