San Jose Mercury News (California) May 3, 2003 Saturday MO1 EDITION
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May 3, 2003 Saturday MO1 EDITION
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HEADLINE: Marine sues eBay over job firing
BYLINE: By Howard Mintz; Mercury News
BODY: A Marine from the South Bay on Friday sued online auctioneer eBay, claiming he was fired earlier this year because he had to leave his job when he was called up for active duty during preparations for war in Iraq.
In a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Vishnu Archarya alleges that he was wrongfully fired in February, two weeks after he reported for training in Concord. Archarya, 24, enlisted in the Marines five years ago and is a lance corporal.
''This was not only unpatriotic -- it's downright criminal,'' said San Jose attorney Rob Bohn, who represents Archarya. ''This is no way to support our troops.''
EBay officials had not seen the lawsuit, but strongly denied the allegations, defending the company's policy toward employees who take military leave and noting that several employees are now serving who will be welcomed back.
''We feel quite comfortable with his termination,'' said eBay spokesman Henry Gomez. ''And we'll be comfortable defending against his case in court.''
Archarya, a Saratoga High School graduate, declined through his lawyers to discuss his case.
Archarya joined eBay in August 2001, working as a systems administrator. The suit alleges that eBay fired him after he began his training and hired a replacement even though he had offered to return to work while in training.
Contact Howard Mintz at (408) 286-0236 or hmintz@mercury news.com