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Feds settle suit filed on behalf of Mass. officer

December 21, 2011
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BOSTON—A lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department against the city of Brockton and the state for allegedly delaying promotion opportunities of a police officer who served in Iraq with the Army Reserve has been settled.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the suit was settled last week with Brian Benvie's promotion to lieutenant, payment of more than $32,000 in back pay and retroactive seniority.

Federal authorities alleged in the suit that the city and state refused to permit Benvie to take the October 2008 lieutenants' promotional exam, thereby denying him proper re-employment with the seniority, status and benefits he would have enjoyed but for his military service.

Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against military reservists in employment decisions based on past, current or future service obligations.

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