Our country as a whole has a deep respect for our servicemen and women, so the thought that anyone would discriminate against them is unthinkable. After all we owe a significant debt to them, as they quite literally put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to protect our freedom. Unfortunately, some in the workplace fail to show members of the U.S. military the respect they deserve, and even downright refuse to respect their rights in the workplace. That said, if you believe you were discriminated against in the workplace because of your status as a military service member, Ben Barrett Law has your back. Read on and contact a seasoned Atlanta military discrimination attorney to learn more about what classifies as discrimination and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I know if I am a victim of military discrimination in the workplace?
There are various telltale signs that a person may be discriminated against because of their status as a member of the United States armed forces. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is specifically designed to protect service members from discrimination in the workplace. Just some of the rights afforded to service members under this Act include the right to reemployment if they have to leave their job to serve in the military, the right to be free from discrimination, health insurance protection for up to 24 months if they have to leave their place of employment to serve in the military, and enforcement of USERRA by the Veterans Employment Training Service under the U.S. DOL. Many veterans are also protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
How long do I have to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?
If you are discriminated against in the workplace because of your status as a service member, you should understand that you have rights, and our firm can help you bring a claim against the employer in question. However, you should note that you are required to bring this claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the date the discrimination occurred. Waiting longer than this can result in you losing your right to do so. Give us a call today so we can start helping you.