Salem, ex-firefighters settle National Guard suit

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The city of Salem has settled lawsuits with two former firefighters who alleged they were dismissed during probation because of their National Guard obligations.

One said he was fired after telling supervisors he might be deployed to Iraq.

The Salem Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/GGStja) reported Thursday the two will get a total of $130,000.

The city has also reached a settlement with the attorney general's office, which says an investigation found a pattern of retaliation and discrimination against members of the National Guard and Army Reserves in the fire department.

While reaching the settlements, the city continued to deny discriminating against employees with military obligations.

A federal judge will oversee what the attorney general's office describes as "dramatic reforms" the city must make in dealing with employees in the military.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com