Chicago Firefighter Gets $52K In Back Pay, Retroactive Promotion For Test Denied During Military Service

CHICAGO, IL — A Chicago firefighter denied the right to take a promotional exam after returning from military service will receive a retroactive promotion and $52,000 in lost wages under a settlement announced Friday.

The Justice Department accused the city of violating federal law by refusing to let U.S. Army reservist Derrick Strong take the engineers’ test when he returned from a nine-month deployment in June 2017.

The city’s Department of Human Resources that administers promotional exams initially pointed the finger at Strong — by claiming that he was offered the chance to take the engineers’ exam while on active military duty and failed to take advantage of the opportunity.

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