What You Need to Know About Military Service Member Discrimination in the Workplace

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What You Need to Know About Military Service Member Discrimination in the Workplace

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There are few things more critical to our way of life than our brave, strong, and dedicated members of the U.S. military. Unfortunately, oftentimes, when those who serve return to civilian life, they find it incredibly challenging to find, and keep, jobs, and this is frequently the result of military discrimination. Though it is hard to think of anything more disrespectful than “thanking” someone for their service by not giving them a chance, unfortunately, this happens more than we’d like to admit. That being said, veterans are protected under certain federal laws, such as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination in the workplace due to your military service, please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Georgia employment rights attorney today to learn more about how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What protections are offered to military veterans under the USERRA?

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, also known as the USERRA is in place so that veterans have legal rights and benefits as employees upon returning to civilian life. If you are a veteran, your employer is required, by law, to inform you of your rights under the USERRA. Those rights are as follows:

  • If you have to leave your civilian job to perform military service, you have a right to reemployment upon returning.
  • You have the right to not be discriminated against as a former or current member of the military
  • You have a right to health insurance coverage for you and your dependents for up to 24 months if you have to leave your job to perform military duties
  • You have a right to the enforcement of the USERRA by the Veterans Employment and Training Service under the U.S. Department of Labor

Do I have certain rights as a veteran with a disability?

If you are a veteran with a disability, you should be protected under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That being said, unfortunately, the ADA and the United States Department of Defense do not consider all of the same conditions to be “disabilities,” and if you believe you were discriminated against because of your disability, you will have to file a claim as soon as possible. Our firm is here to help. All you have to do is give us a call today.

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