The Department of Justice announced last week that it had settled a lawsuit it brought on behalf of Wisconsin Air National Guardsman Michael Crivello, who claimed that Milwaukee violated his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. Crivello, who worked in the city’s police department, said the city did not let him make up the promotion test he missed while called to active duty. Milwaukee subsequently promoted Crivello, but DOJ maintained that the delay resulted in loss of pay, seniority, and other benefits. The settlement would give Crivello a retroactive promotion date, $21,190 in back pay, and other benefits.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.