Mayor of Baltimore Sued for Allegedly Denying Employment to Returning Vet - Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office Also Sued

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Andrew Gross, of Columbia, Maryland had one dream, according to his lawyer Steven D. Silverman: to serve his country as an Army Officer and as a civil servant for the State of Maryland.

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Once again we hear of another young man, allegedly shunned by his hometown and denied an employment opportunity after giving service to his country.

Andrew Gross, of Columbia, Maryland had one dream, according to his lawyer Steven D. Silverman: to serve his country as an Army Officer and as a civil servant for the State of Maryland.

One of those dreams was shot down when he returned from active duty only to learn that his employer wouldn't rehire him, according the claim. Lt. Gross was employed by the City of Baltimore as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State's attorney's office.

"Once again we hear of another young man, allegedly shunned by his hometown and denied an employment opportunity after giving service to his country," said Steven D. Silverman, Gross's attorney. "What makes matters worse is that his employer is the Mayor of Baltimore and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office."

"The law stands behind Lt. Gross, Silverman added. "It's unfortunate his employers --- who of all people should know better -- do not."

Court documents show the State’s Attorney’s office has hired a law firm based in Philadelphia to defend the case.

The suit comes out of the decision the State's Attorney's refusal to rehire Mr. Gross in alleged violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"), as amended, 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301 et seq., including Plaintiff's right to be free from discrimination because of active duty military service in the United States Army Reserve ("Army Reserve") and/or his right to reclaim his employment after being absent due to his service to country. In addition, this action arises under Md. Code Ann., State Pers. & Pens. §§ 2-701 et seq., which likewise prohibits discrimination because of service in the Army Reserve and otherwise entitles reservists like Plaintiff to reclaim his employment after being absent due to military service or training.

"Lt. Gross is filing this suit so military men and women know that when they put their lives on the line for their country, their country will support them when they get home," Silverman said. "This is a disgraceful way to treat our vets."

About Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White Maryland based law firm Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, an AV rated law firm by Martindale-Hubbell, is widely regarded as one of the premier litigation firms in the mid-Atlantic region. They have achieved extraordinary success for their clients across Maryland and throughout the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.mdattorney.com.

Case Number: 1:11-CV-02699-BEL Gross v. Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City et al. In the US District Court of Maryland-Northern Division.

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