Teacher says he deserves over 50k in back pay

A Richmond County Science Teacher and Army Reservist who says the school system owes him more than $50,000 could be a step closer to getting a check. Earlier this week, the Department of Labor, sent a letter to the Richmond Co. Board of Education  looking for answers


News 12 6 p.m./ Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Terry Pitts says he feels like he's one step closer to getting what he deserves.

"If the board is not interested in listening to me or responding to me --they will respond to the federal government," he told News12.

Pitts served in Iraq and in support of the conflict in Afganishtan's after leaving his students at Glenn Hills High School.

"When I come back after being deployed I go downtown and the people refused to reinstate my benefits on my return," said Pitts.

He says knowing that the Department of Labor is asking questions about his claim only makes him feel better about his chances.

"I've been asking the folks downtown for five years to answer my questions about military leave and benefits--and they have simply stoned walled that," he told News12

Pitts claims the Richmond County School Systems owes him:

  • Paid military leave for fiscal years 2008 all the way to 2013.

  • Refusal to grant him a meeting or hearing to discuss discriminatory actions against him.

  • And that a school bookkeeper reported he abandoned his job while being on military leave.

"I would not abandoned my job-- and it just struck me incredibly hard when I learned that the people I work for felt that I had abandoned my job," said Pitts

The BOE declined our request for an interview, but did release a statement, that says, in part...

"The school system has been working with him to facilitate all of the various times in which he was called to military duty. He has been paid benefits according to what he is entitled to receive."

Pitts has faith that the investigation will show who is right.

"I feel my thoughts have been validated or that i'm vindicated-- I think we are making progress and I feel better about it," he said.

Pitts says he still has not heard from the district regarding his complaint or the letter from the Department of Labor. He's hoping to get a hearing in front of the board and the superintendent.

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