Court orders military veteran reinstated to police
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A Tennessee court has ordered an Iraq war veteran reinstated to a police force, two years after he was dismissed for having post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Hamilton County Chancery Court ordered Chattanooga to give Mickel Hoback his job back with back pay. City attorneys have 30 days from Tuesday to file a response to Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton's decision.
Hoback, named the "Officer of the Year" in 2007, also has a $1.5 million federal lawsuit pending against Chattanooga for alleged violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act.
Hoback's attorney, Phillip Lawrence, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that the suit could bring the U.S. Department of Labor into the case to prosecute Chattanooga.