RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Justice Department has sued a Rapid City-based retailer of dietary supplements alleging that the company violated the employment rights of a former member of the South Dakota Air National Guard.
The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Rapid City alleges that BioFusion Health Products Inc. fired Amber Ishmael in February 2015 while she was on active duty attending training. Authorities say that’s a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
The lawsuit states Ishmael was terminated via text message and the company later refused to hire her back.
BioFusion CEO Robert Crandall says Ishmael was fired for her poor performance, including throwing away company records and a checkbook, mislabeling products and showing up late.
Ishmael is now a staff sergeant with the Missouri Air National Guard.