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Air Reservist threatened with losing job for military training

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An Air Force reservist who says his job was threatened if he reported for mandatory military training has now been assured he won't be terminated.                                                      

Nimi Peterson of Temple is a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and also a billing follow-up technician for Scott & White Healthcare in Temple. Last month, he knew he might have to go to mandatory training in Fort Worth, but he didn't receive his orders until this week. According to Peterson, when he gave his orders to his manager at Scott & White, he was told when he came back from training he might not have a job.

"I have never heard this issue come up before even in my other jobs when I was a reservist. I never had this issue," Peterson said. 

He has worked at Scott & White since 2012, and has been a part of the Air Force Reserves since 2000. He said his employer has known about his military obligations, but has always had a problem with him leaving work for military service. 

He said he is aware of the federal law known as USERRA, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and knows that under federal law he should not be fired if he leaves for military service. Despite his efforts, Peterson says his employer refused to cooperate.

"It's bad that we have to go through something like this. It shouldn't even be a question. That is the biggest thing that I have here this should never be a question of whether someone is going to do their duty or not," Peterson said.

Peterson says Wednesday morning, his boss gave him an ultimatum between his job and his orders. Peterson says his decision was easy, and he chose his orders. 

News Channel 25 reached out to Scott & White Healthcare about this issue. They gave us a statement Wednesday afternoon saying, "Scott & White supports our military community and the staff who choose to serve, and we follow all applicable laws. We have a policy for military leave, with provisions in place to support those who serve. We are reviewing details about this matter. We respect the privacy of our staff, and consider personnel matters to be confidential. It would be inappropriate to address any specific details concerning this case."

Then, later Wednesday afternoon Peterson was informed by the Human Resources Department at Scott & White that he would keep his job after completing his military training. Peterson is scheduled to be in Ft. Worth for three months starting on Monday.  

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