Enforcement of USERRA Rights
The federal act regulating discrimination and retaliation of employment resulting from military duty is vital to today’s workplace. In 1994, the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) capitalized upon the veterans’ re-employment rights law passed in the 1940s. This earlier law banned discrimination against soldiers and veterans by establishing re-employment rights for those who wanted to return to jobs they had prior to military service.
Lack of awareness and understanding of USERRA is the biggest reason for USERRA complaints. If you are concerned that your employer infringed upon your USERRA rights, please contact an attorney knowledgeable in defending USERRA law, like the USERRA attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida.
Voluntary compliance with USERRA is always preferred over lawsuits. However, some employers are unprepared for the return of military servicemen and try to avoid their duty under USERRA, even though the 1994 act was written in layman’s terms.
Legal Remedies for USERRA Violations
Violating USERRA rights of military service members can result in the legal reinstatement and reimbursement of:
- Back pay
- Lost benefits
- Legal costs
If you have been subjected to employment discrimination after returning from active or inactive military duty, please contact the experienced USERRA attorneys at The Cochran Firm Florida. Whether you live on one coast or the other, you'll find an attorney nearby to review your case.
Note that the application of USERRA regulations can often be complex; therefore, having an attorney to represent you is crucial.