Many injured men and women returning from military service are facing discrimination from employers as they return to civilian life. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has noted that there has been a rise in filings against employers that discriminate against returning injured soldiers who are either being demoted or denied work altogether. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a federal law intended to ensure that individuals who serve or have served in the military (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service.
Suits are being filed nationwide against employers — almost on a weekly basis — for failing to promptly re-employ returning service men and women.
Read more about the rise in filings of discrimination in violation of the USERRA and know your rights under the USERRA. For more information on the USERRA contact an Employment Law Attorney at Miller & Falkner.