Ernest v. Lockheed Martin (Unlawful Termination)
Date: 10/01/2007 (Date of Filing)
Misconduct Type: Labor
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: Joseph “Max” Ernest, a Navy reservist who was laid off from his job at Lockheed
Martin after serving in Iraq, filed a federal lawsuit claiming his termination violated the
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Colorado law.
Ernest was working as a counterintelligence/counter-terrorism and law enforcement analyst for
Lockheed Martin when, in March 2006, he was put on active duty for 11 months, including a
nine-month deployment to Baghdad.
OK, so LM laid off a reservist over five years ago -- and if the "Amount" is correct, the guy got NOTHING from filing the lawsuit. What's the point of posting this now? What is the message we're supposed to get from this -- that LM got away with unlawful termination over five years ago?
Unlawful Termination continues today along with descrimination in many forms. A victory for the Unlawful Termination of the reservist case demonstrates that years of efforts to prevent bias and prejudice has failed. I can only hope our customer (uncle Sam) severely punishes those allowing the perpetuating of these crimes and also the corporation.