Military Employment Law – USERRA

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There is no question that making the decision to uproot your life and join the uniformed services is exceedingly difficult.

Understanding USERRA Rights: Information From a USERRA Attorney

Fortunately, under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), service members who leave their jobs and are called to service, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, have some assurances that they will not face discrimination for serving their country.

What is USERRA?

To begin with, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is a federal statute that was enacted to encourage and protect non-career service in the uniformed and armed forces. Mindful that short-term military service presents challenges and pitfalls for those who wish to serve their country in the military and other armed forces, Congress enacted USERRA to alleviate many of the pressures that would impede temporary service members’ career momentum. USERRA does this by offering three types of protections for uniformed service veterans. The first protection provides for re-employment in the same or similar position upon the veteran’s return from active service. The second allows service members to receive health insurance protection for a period during their military service. The third generally protects veterans from employment discrimination and retaliation for their status as a service member, or for certain actions taken to support other service members.

For more information, please call us for a “No Obligation” phone consultation. You can also learn more about USERRA Law in OKlahoma by visiting the USERRA basics.

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