Employer is sued over firing of Army reservist - New York News

Employer is sued over firing of Army reservist

NEW YORK (AP) -

The federal government has sued a New York communications company president and his company, saying they violated the law by firing an Army reservist because of military obligations.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Monday sued Cohere Communications LLC and its president, Steven T. Francesco. They said the company refused to restore the job of William Pfunk when he returned from a 4-day training event in April.

Pfunk is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. The lawsuit seeks back pay.

A message for comment left for Francesco at the company was not immediately returned.

The government said Francesco had referred to military service as "elective activities" and threatened Pfunk, telling him that if he wants "a war," he could impact his life more than he can affect his.

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