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Federal complaint seeks job reinstatement for Army reservist

April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — A complaint filed against educators in North Carolina seeks to have an Army reservist reinstated to a job comparable to one he held prior to going on active duty.

The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release it filed the complaint against the Warren County Board of Education on behalf of Command Sergeant Major Dwayne Coffer, who had been dean of students at a middle school. According to the complaint, that job was eliminated and, instead of getting a comparable job, he was demoted to physical education teacher at an elementary school.

The lawsuit seeks to reinstate Coffer and recover lost wages and other benefits and remedies.

In 2012, the department sued Warren County for failing to renew Coffer’s employment contract after a different period of military service.

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