Thought this may be of intersest to anyone getting posted. FIRM IN COURT OVER TA SOLDIER'S JOB CONTRACT Next Story | Previous Story | Back to list SENTINEL REPORTER 09:30 - 21 April 2006 A North Staffordshire business accused of terminating the contract of an employee who served as a Territorial Army soldier in Iraq is being prosecuted. Randles Garage, of Keele Road, Newcastle, is the first company in the UK to be prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after claims it terminated the contract of Neil Wright, who was employed at the garage as an IT support worker. Corporal Wright, aged 31, of Telford, who is a radio operator with the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, was attached to the Kings Royal Hussars from April to November last year. But he later lost his job at the Newcastle garage and is now working full-time with the TA as a recruitment officer. After finding out he had lost his job Corporal Wright complained to the police. It is the first time since the Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985 came into force that the CPS has taken action against an employer. Under the Act employers are "prohibited from terminating reservists employment without their approval at any time if the termination is due solely or mainly to their reserve liability". Managing director Phillip Wade and Steven Smith, from Randles Garage, are being prosecuted under Section 17 of the Act. The CPS says the maximum penalty for breaching Section 17 is a fine of Â£1,000 for each defendant and compensation to the reservist amounting to five weeks' salary. The matter is being regarded as a test case. Neither Wade or Smith was present at a hearing at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court in Worcestershire yesterday. The case was adjourned for a pre-trial review on May 11.