Were Your USERRA Rights Violated by Your Employer?
USERRA (the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act) was passed in 1994, with the intention of ensuring that military personnel had a legal right to their jobs when called away from them to serve the country. It is difficult enough for soldiers to leave their homes and put their civilian lives on hold when they are called to fight for our country without having them return to be unemployed and without any employment benefits. Yet, these rights are often violated by employers who suspend benefits or demote or fire employees who are away on military duty.
Who is Eligible for USERRA Protection?
Anyone who is in the military and is called into active duty is protected by USERRA for up to five years. This means that they can be absent from their employment for as much as five years and still be allowed to return to their job when they return from active duty. The employee must return to their position in a reasonable amount of time after returning from active duty to remain protected by the act.
When to Contact a USERRA Attorney
If your employer fired you, refused your benefits, or in any way violated your USERRA rights, whether intentionally or by mistake, you should speak to a USERRA attorney about your rights and responsibilities under the law and how to go about pursuing a claim. The attorneys at Cornerstone Law Firm will provide a free consultation and expert advice and representation for any member or veteran of the military whose rights have been abused. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and start working on your case.