Troopers Sue Mass. State Police For Allegedly Taking Seniority Away From New Parents

Five State Troopers filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against Massachusetts State Police for a policy they say is harming the careers of troopers who choose to have children or need to take medical leave, The Boston Globe reported.

The troopers claim that when they take parental or medical leave, they lose all seniority, making it hard for them to get the assignments, shifts, or vacation time they desire.

Seniority is based on a trooper’s rank in their graduating class at the academy. But the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Matthew Patton, told the Globe that when troopers take paid family or medical leave, their rank automatically drops to the bottom.

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