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Civil Service Commission Reverses Retaliatory Demotion

On January 30 2009, the Civil Service Commission voted unanimously to reinstate the former rank and seniority to a police sergeant after being demoted in April 2003. The Commission held six days of hearings with eight witnesses and then concluded that the Town lacked just cause to demote officer. In July 2008, the Division of Labor Relations separately found that the Town did not have cause to demote the same officer because of his activities as a union official. Attorneys Douglas Louison and Robert Stewart pursed the Town at the Civil Service Commission and obtained vindication for the sergeant. (BayState Legal Defense Service Newsletter, Volume I-3)

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