WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado Army reservist claims he lost his job for serving his country. He says he was let go because he attended a weekend drill. But the business tells a very different story.

Anthony Entwistle is a soldier with the Army Reserve. It’s a title that required monthly training away from his civilian job at LoDo’s Bar and Grill in Westminster.

“I got our full training roster, which had the full physical year, every training date and did give it to them upon hiring,” Entwistle said.

Entwistle said despite giving LoDo’s ample notice and requesting the time off with an online scheduling system, he learned he’d been let go for job abandonment when he missed a shift.

“Because I did go to my drill duties instead of going to work,” he said.

Military members’ civilian jobs are protected under a federal law, allowing them to attend required training. But the restaurant says a military commitment is not what cost him his job.

“He was let go because he did not follow our policies and procedures with regard to his schedule,” LoDo’s manager George Mannion said.

“The only thing I could relate to it was my training was interfering with work,” Entwistle said.

LoDo’s says it wasn’t the first time Entwistle had failed to used the scheduling system properly, but Entwistle says it’s the system that failed.

“They claim it never showed up on their end,” Entwistle said.

“I have a lot of other military people and we work within their schedules,” Mannion said.

The young soldier feels otherwise.

“Apparently in their eyes they did absolutely nothing wrong,” Entwistle said.

“We are not going to penalize somebody because they’re serving our country,” Mannion said.

LoDo’s said they would consider giving Entwistle his job back if he goes in and has a conversation with management. Entwistle said he doesn’t want his old job back and is going to file a complaint with the Department of Labor.

Comments (9)
  1. Brandon says:

    Sorry, sounds like this guy just wants to sue and make money from the business. He clearly never wanted in the first place. He rejects an opportunity to resolve the issue and decides to complaint, which lawyer will he pick? Just can’t wait.

  2. Dubber says:

    There are two sides to every story. If Lodos was in the wrong and I was in the soldiers shoes I would do the same thing he is doing. I don’t know who is right or wrong in this situation because it looks like cbs4 was lazy in finding out facts. Instead they chose to write a he said she said article. If they were to dig deeper and find Lodos was wrong I would definitely be the first to want to boycott them.

  3. Adam Thomas says:

    NO that’s BS I personally know Anthony and another coworker had problems with him and told Anthony he didnt have work when he did because he was worried Anthony had to much potential and was going to steal his job!! Lodos should be held responsable and this is no way a ploy to make Money
    Or anything in that area.lodos is just trying to cover for firing an employe for active duty. It’s all about money for them not our country

  4. Michelle says:

    @Brandon……………… I personally know Anthony and can tell you he HAS NOT NOR DOES HE INTEND to hire an attorney!!! Know your facts before you start slamming someone ESPECIALLY the military!!! Everyone in this world is under the impression that all anyone wants is a quick check. Did you ever think he just wanted to get the word out so it doesn’t happen again???

    @Adam……………. Thank you for your support.

    There is a Facebook page now to boycott this place. EVERYONE please join!!!

  5. Dennis says:

    I live in westminster and will not be going to lodo ever agian they say he can get his job back why didnt they let him know before hand

  6. Awanake says:

    I am a part of that unit and I think that it is possible that the Soldier did not follow the proceedure because the schedules change quite a bit at the last minute. I do not see a reason for LODO’s to be punished I just think that there was a mis communication from both ends. I also feel that it is totally ridiculous that the SM went to the news that makes it look like he just wanted some attention and his 15 min of fame. It is really sad.

    1. D.A. says:

      If your are in MY unit don’t be a weasel let it be known who you are. If you have issues with someone in the unit tell them don’t snake someone who is apart of the team. You want to talk “sad” look inward.

    2. Brad says:

      @ Awanake. If the schedule changes at the last minute and the commander of a unit issues an MFR, then the fault is not on the soldier. The employer should still honor that. Its the needs of the army and they can change things if they see fit. If LODO’s does not honor that then its their fault. If you dont know that by now then your all ate up!

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