Vermont Prison Guard Alleges Job Denied Due to Afghan Deployment

Several temporary correctional officers at the state prison in Springfield say they were denied permanent jobs because of their pending deployment to Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard.

At least one of the officers is planning to file a complaint against the Vermont Department of Corrections in federal court.

Tim Nolan of Chittenden told Vermont Public Radio he was hired as a temporary correctional officer last October with the understanding that if he performed well he could become permanent when a spot became available.

Nolan said his new career was on track until he notified officials about his pending deployment.

Corrections officials say they're looking into the situation.