How can I be fired for being AWOL if my leave was approved?

UPDATED: Jul 29, 2011

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How can I be fired for being AWOL if my leave was approved?

I worked for the Dept of Veterans Affairs as a firefighter on a non-traditional schedule. My drill periods with the Marines overlap with my work schedule. I had put in for military leave for periods of active drills at the beginning of the year. I put in for 12 hours of military leave leading up to my drill period, to allow for travel from work to base. These leave requests were all approved by my supervisors. Later, I was charged AWOL because I was not actively drilling during all periods of my military leave and was terminated.

Asked on July 29, 2011 Pennsylvania


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If your leave requests from your former job as a fire fighter with the Department of Veterans Affairs were approved in writing from your immediate supervisor because you have a second job with the marines and needed time off from your primary job to travel to your marine company and do military exercises, it does not seem realistic to be terminated from your primary position because you were not doing military activities per se.

You need to meet with your former supervisor as to the actual reasons for what happened at your main job. You might consider meeting a labor attorney over what happened. There may be some laws allowing concessions for military leave for individuals who are in your situation from your primary position. Good luck.

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