Sailors sue feds for being fired without Ray Mabus’ OK

More than 100 sailors are suing the federal government for pushing them out of the Navy amid mass layoffs driven by record retention rates.

The lawsuit alleges the layoffs were not directly approved by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and therefore are illegal under federal law, which limits when the military can dismiss active-duty servicemembers.

“It’s a horrible situation that they treat these sailors this way,” said E.W. Keller, an Oklahoma lawyer representing the plaintiffs, in a telephone interview. “These sailors are victims.”

Stars and Stripes
8/10/12