I may not support the war in Iraq

But I do support our troops. But apparently a Downtown Hotel does not.

A former chef at a Sioux Falls hotel says he was unlawfully fired from his job because of his upcoming mobilization with the South Dakota National Guard.

Thomas Tedmon filed a lawsuit last week in federal court against John Q. Hammons Hotels Management, which owns the Holiday Inn City Centre.

Boy, that’s some nice publicity. Funny how everyone was Gung-ho six years ago about blowing up those camel jockeys, but now that the econ is in the toilet businesses don’t support our troops anymore. I guess the bottom line is more important then freedom. Greedy cowards.


#1 Angry Guy on 12.19.08 at 7:35 am

He could have been fired for any number of reasons. We don’t know the whole story. Maybe he was a slacker, or short timing because of his deployment. I thought SD was a Right to Work state, and an employee could be fired for any number of reasons. But since he is military, he is just supposed to have a job regardless of performance? I have a hard time beleiving that he was fired because of his deployment alone. We’ll hear more on this when the lawsuit gets rolling, and I bet job performance comes into play.

#2 Angry Guy on 12.19.08 at 7:37 am

and ‘camel jockey’? Really? c’mon DL. Bring it up a notch.

#3 l3wis on 12.19.08 at 7:51 am

I agree somewhat. First off Federal Law trumps state law, so ‘Right to Work’ doesn’t count. Secondly he was employed by them for 10 years and serves as a ‘Chaplain’ in the NG. He was fired 30 days after he notified them of his deployement. Seems suspicious to me. You are right, let’s hear the facts, but what I have heard so far looks pretty glim for the HI.

As for the Camel Jockey, I was being sarcastic about all those flag waving rednecks 6 years ago who where spouting racial slurs about a culture they knew nothing about – and still know nothing about.

#4 Ghost of Dude on 12.19.08 at 7:59 am

At any rate, the bad PR alone is enough to at least give him another month, let him deploy, and then let him go a month or so after he gets back. How hard would it be for them to hire a temp to be a chef (which can’t be too hard a job at the H.I.) while he’s deployed?
If he is being let go for performance reasons, that’s the way to do it.

And at least three Iraqis do more than just ride camels. My brother showed me some footage from one of Camp Liberty’s surveillence balloons of three guys taking turns making sweet love to a camel.

#5 l3wis on 12.19.08 at 8:03 am

“How hard would it be for them to hire a temp to be a chef?”

Yeah no shit, especially in this town where they are a dime a dozen. You’d think a chef that has been with you for 10 years would be an asset since most of their shelf lives are about 3 months.