I had a question regarding steps. I’ve been with this department 9 yrs going on 10. I had a brief separation of 4 months from Nov. 2017-March 2018 when I came back to the department they took a step away from me that I had earned in 2017. So I’m currently a step 8 when I would’ve been a step 9. Is what the department did taking away my step right? If this is not then the department would owe me backpay with would probably be around $12,000.