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“Our real concern is employers won’t hire National Guard and Reserve members,” he said.
Spokesmen for Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona, the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican, respectively, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the lawmakers were unavailable for comment.
In an informal 2007 online poll by Workforce Management magazine, 51 percent of the 348 respondents said they would not hire a citizen-soldier if they knew that the employee might be called away from the job for an indeterminate period.
Capt. Wright acknowledged the high demands that the law places on many employers, who have to find replacements for the citizen-soldiers and give them their positions when they return. In some cases, that means the employers have to dismiss the citizen-soldiers’ replacements.
“Yes, [violating the act] is illegal,” Capt. Wright said. “But if employers generally don’t like it, or just don’t want to go along with the program, it’s hard to enforce a law when there is general resistance.”
Bert Louthian, a lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm in South Carolina, also acknowledged that the law is “inconvenient” for employers, but he sided with the service members.
“If you balance that out, who’s making the bigger sacrifice?” Mr. Louthian said. “I think it’s a good law.”
Mrs. Jensen said employment is a small price to pay given the service members’ sacrifices.
“They just want to return to normal life.”
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