The men and women who have served our country are incredibly brave. Unfortunately, service members are discriminated against in the workplace more often than you might think. This is especially true when it comes to veterans. Luckily, Georgia has laws in place to ensure that those who have served are not discriminated against. Read on to learn more.
What is USERRA?
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which is also commonly referred to as the USERRA, affords military members certain rights when it comes to protection against discrimination in the workplace. Those rights include:
- Military members who leave their civilian jobs to perform military service are entitled to reemployment once they return from overseas or otherwise
- Military members are not to be discriminated against in the workplace due to their service to the United States military
- Military members have a right to health insurance coverage, as well as their dependents, for no more than 24 months after leaving their civilian job to perform military duties
- Military members have a right to enforce the laws set out by the USERRA by the Veterans Employment and Training Service under the U.S. Department of Labor
What are my rights as a veteran with a disability?
Veterans with disabilities are awarded certain rights under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, it is important to understand that the standards for a disability are rather stringent. For this reason, it is important to speak with an experienced employment law attorney.
What if I am the victim of workplace discrimination?
If you believe you are being discriminated against due to your status as a military member, it is important to document this discrimination. This may mean keeping detailed records of any harassment or discrimination. Additionally, you should screenshot/ keep any texts/emails that include examples of discrimination. It is incredibly important that you work with an experienced attorney. A skilled employment attorney will help you prove that you are the victim of discrimination and recover the compensation needed as a result.
If you are the victim of military discrimination, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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