I left my job for 126 days, 106 were for training, 4 days were for drill, the other were for personal days and for a vacation. I worked a "full time" part time job for a city government in NY (they make us work 35 hours a week to scam us from benefits) for 2 1/2 years with the same assignment. No contract signed, but work was guaranteed. I left verbal intent for return when i left (which was agreed to verbally by my boss, who is in charge of hiring/firing my position/peers), followed by a written letter of intent 60 days before i was to return. I came back today and they said they will not rehire me in my previous position, but would in a watered down position with less hours as they "filled" my previous position with a person who was junior to me when i left (2 years junior). I was told that the law protects guardsmen/reserves civilian jobs for 180 days from time they leave and upon return, they are protected from being fired or having their job changed for 90 days. I'm basically being left without a job, as now I am subject to "rehire"...why would they put me through all this BS if they were going to keep me...catch my drift? What protections do i have under the law? I was in good standing when i left, never been in any serious trouble, etc. Anyone?