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D.C. Agrees to Pay $8,500 after Denying Former Guard Severance Pay

On July 29, 2005, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $8,500 to settle claims by a former guard who claimed that he was improperly denied his severance pay.

In 2001, John McCauley received a notice from his employer, the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, that he was being terminated due to a reduction in force.

McCauley was promised $15,581.18 in severance pay. Relying on the notice that he was being terminated and would receive the promised severance package, McCauley incurred an educational loan in order to obtain other employment.

Two days before his severance was to start being paid, the Department of Corrections rescinded its termination notice by mail, instructing McCauley to return to work. The letter was postmarked August 6, 2001.

McCauley refused and sued, claiming breach of contract. The District settled for $8,500. McCauley was represented by James Loots of Washington, D.C.

See: McCauley v. District of Columbia, No. 04-0005901 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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