Hegar v. Panetta
November 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM
Attorneys from Munger, Tolles and Olsen and the ACLU filed a lawsuit today in Federal District Court from the Northern District of California on behalf of four individual plaintiffs and the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) challenging the longstanding policy which prohibits women in the U.S. armed forces from engaging in ground combat. The four individual plaintiffs have all served in Iraq or Afghanistan; two have been awarded Purple Hearts. They claim that because of the combat exclusion policy they have been denied training, put at a disadvantage for promotion, and prevented from competing for jobs despite the fact that they have proven they are capable of performing them. A copy of their complaint is available at the ACLU website.