Camp Hill police officer Scott Cornelious has filed a civil lawsuit against the borough.
The lawsuit, filed on July 29, claims the borough violated the Military Leave Act.
"What it says is when someone is called into service for their annual training, military duty, anything of that nature, if they have to be taken away from their job to perform their duty then their political subdivision is required to give them 15 days of leave with pay and with benefits," said Chris Cook, the attorney representing Cornelious.
Cornelious has been an officer with the borough for almost 18 years and has also been in the military for 10 years. There have been times during his employment that he has been called to duty for training and also deployed to Afghanistan.
During that time Cornelious used vacation time. The suit claims the borough owes Cornelious about $20,000 for 75 days during a four-year period between 2009 and 2012.
Cook says before Cornelious filed the lawsuit, he went to the borough to give them a chance to make it right.
"The borough response to him was, 'We are not going to pay you for any of that time, but we do acknowledge that we owe you this,' and so he has had his 2013 service properly paid out under the Military Leave Act," Cook said.
Borough manager Gary Kline says the borough does not comment in pending litigation. The borough has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit or file any objections.
"Scott and I would like to see the borough acknowledge their requirement for those four years and pay it. It is as simple as do the right thing," Cook said.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:03:38 GMT
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