Army Deserter Loses Bus Driver Job
Last Updated: 1537 days ago
Giselle Flynn is used to battle, in and out of uniform.Now, the El Cajon mother is fighting to save her job as a bus driver."The Army didn't punish me but MTS took it upon themselves to be a judge and jury. They didn't listen to anything," said Flynn.In 1999, Flynn said she quit her army post in Georgia to take care of her two children.The Army caught up with her last month, and she was put in jail for several days at an army base in Oklahoma.The Army later granted Flynn an administrative discharge.However, when she returned home she found out she lost her job."All I knew is that I was signed off," said Flynn.Flynn's employer said she was let go because she falsified her application by not disclosing her AWOL status to the agency.Flynn admitted she neglected to disclose her status but said her job performance was stellar."I can proudly go into any job and proudly say why I was fired, and it wasn't because of job performance. They could never say I had an accident in one of their buses, that I was a bad employee," said Flynn.But during negotiations Flynn said she was asked to resign."They applied it to the union, and the union presented it to me saying this is the deal that San Diego Transit wants to offer you. They want you to resign and they'll sign off on your unemployment benefits," said Flynn.She said this immediately brought up a red flag, and she refused the offer."I'm not going to resign; that's the same as quitting. I'm not quitting my job," said Flynn.Despite her ordeal she remains positive and said life goes on."I don't have any time to feel sorry for myself. The moment when I was depressed and crying that's over with; you have to go on," said Flynn.A Metropolitan Transit System spokesman said he could not comment on Flynn's case because it is a personnel issue.10News' calls to the union were not returned.Flynn said she's waiting for papers to be formally discharged from the Army.