(KMOV) – A distraught mother came to News 4 after her 20-year-old daughter was fired after missing work for training duties with the Missouri National Guard.
Morgan Johnson was sworn in to the Missouri National Guard on April 18 and told her boss at the Crystal City Subway she would miss work to train with her unit that next weekend.
She was fired the following Monday even though a federal law protects her from losing her job over military service.
“The law is clear, it is illegal to fire an employee for their military service; whether that’s being deployed overseas for an extended period of time or just going on military drills with their unit over the weekend,” a major with the National Guard in Jefferson City told News 4's Russell Kinsaul.
Morgan and her mother, Stacie Anderson, were shocked by the manager’s lack of respect for the law of her military service.
"With the things our county’s been dealing with in recent weeks, I don’t understand how someone could say they don’t care, not even give it a second thought to terminate a 20-year-old girl who just decided to serve our country," Anderson added.
After speaking with the federal agency, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves, they say they will quickly step in if they can’t work out an agreement with Subway to help Morgan get her job back. The Missouri Department of Labor could step in and assist as well.
News 4’s Russell Kinsaul will continue to follow this story for updates on News 4 and KMOV.com.