Navy layoffs land in court
Adam Worden was discharged from the Navy along with 2,945 other career sailors. He's looking for work -- and hoping to avoid foreclosure on his house.
September 13th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Navy layoffs land in court

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) – Adam Worden met with a realtor last week – he’s hoping he can sell his house in Chesapeake Virginia, so it doesn’t go into foreclosure.

He’s one of nearly 3,000 career Navy sailors who lost their jobs as of September 1st.

The Navy terminated their contracts – some with years to go – to deal with the fact that it had too many sailors in certain jobs.

“I’ve lost pretty much everything – unexpectedly,” Worden says – “because everything I did depended on my contract.”

Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, told CNN the decision to eliminate the jobs of Adam Worden and 2,945 other sailors was agonizing – but necessary – because of record high retention rates.

The Navy’s allowed some of those sailors who lost their contracts to transfer to other Navy jobs, or to the Reserves – where they can continue their careers. And Garcia said the Navy has taken a number of steps to help the rest of them, including Adam Worden.

[4:39] “These are good sailors,” Garcia said. “We want to make this as soft a landing as possible.”

But about 300 laid-off sailors are suing the government. They say the Navy broke the law when they terminated their contracts.

[5:09]  "They're leaving these 2,946 sailors behind," said E.W. Keller, the lawyer representing them in court.

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  1. Hippies of Today are pathetic

    So can we stop calling them "heroes" then if they're suing on contractual grounds? Thanks.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wayne Wagner

    I truly empathize with these sailors who have sacrificed, significantly, in time away from family, arduous assignments and long hours of work not normally associated with those working in corporate America. This being said, these sailors now leave the Navy with, in most cases, highly marketable skills, security clearances, work ethic ground into them that will vault them to the head of most "classes" and access to free or highly discounted education that will only add to this marketability. When the Navy had to make this agonizing decision, it also made another unprecedented decision- to afford these sailors with a a helping hand from one of the most prestigjous outplacement companies in America- not a company who would guarantee them a job but one who would work side by side with them in developing a winning marketing plan and then using its world class networkng to give the high quality job leads. While many shed tears over the tough decision that had to be made, we are proud of the support that was made available and many took. I am not sure if Mr. Worden took as much advantage as he could have.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |