Veteran/Military Status Discrimination
Our military members and veterans have put their lives on the line for our country. They deserve our honor and respect. Unfortunately, many veterans return to civilian life in California only to encounter employment discrimination.
The employment lawyers of Reisner & King LLP defend workers from all forms of illegal discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of veteran or military status. We are located in Sherman Oaks, California, and represent clients throughout the Los Angeles area. We stand up for veterans and active military members against illegal damage to their civilian careers.
Employee Rights For Veterans And Active Duty Military
Often, veterans encounter discrimination at their workplace or during a job search because of a disability sustained in the line of duty. Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibit discrimination against disabled veterans. They give veterans a legal cause of action against employers who have discriminated against them.
Another legal protection enjoyed under USERRA makes sure service members in the National Guard or the reserves do not lose their jobs when they are deployed and away from their jobs for months at a time. Not only do military members have the right to return to the same or substantially similar job once they return, but they also must be re-employed with the same seniority and benefits they would have earned had they not been placed on active duty. For example, if you were eligible for a promotion before going on military leave, once you return you will likely be entitled to the promotion, even if a co-worker became equally qualified for the job in the meantime.
Similarly, it is against the law to discriminate against a reservist or member of the Guard due to employer concerns that the job applicant or employee could be called up to active duty.
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To learn more about how USERRA protects current and former military members in the workplace, contact Reisner & King LLP at 818-981-0901 to schedule a consultation with one of our employment law attorneys.