Over the past few months, our Birmingham, Alabama employment law firm has successfully protected the employment rights of veterans against discrimination for performing their military service obligations. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a federal law that protects all current and past members of the military from discrimination in employment. If that person is subsequently denied a benefit of employment, motivated even in part by that service in the uniformed services, then that person may have a claim under USERRA.
One particular issue that often comes up involves service members who suffer discrimination after they attempt to return their previous employment after deployment. USERRA requires employers who are provided proper notice of an employee’s return from active service must reinstate the employee to the position they would be in should they have never left. This may even require the employer to promote the individual if only the military service prevented such a promotion.
If you are a current or former member of the military and feel you have suffered discrimination due to your military service, please contact Beckum Law in Birmingham, Alabama for a free consultation regarding your rights. Our contact number is (205) 588-0699. We look forward to speaking with you.