Employment protections for returning servicemembers: part one

We owe the men and women who serve in America's military a great debt of gratitude. There has been much discussion about how the country can take care of its veterans after they return from military service. Many of these discussions revolve around helping them recover from battle wounds both physical and psychological.

However, it is also important to consider their future in terms of employment. In a slowly recovering economy, many people are having difficulty finding work. For military veterans who may have been off the market for several years, that can be exacerbated.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has relied on longer deployments of its troops and reservists, meaning those individuals are out of the job market for longer periods of time. Military veterans, their families and their employers continue to adjust to this trend and explore available federal protections.

For example, the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) prohibits employers from denying initial employment to someone on the basis of membership, service or potential service in the armed forces. Next week we'll discuss USERRA in more detail, as well as the protections it affords our nation's servicemembers.

If you have faced unfair treatment in the workplace - whether in the form of employee discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations or another employment dispute - the result can have a lasting impact on your career. It may be wise to meet with an experienced employment law attorney who can work with you to understand your situation, recommend the best course of action and help you protect your interests - and your future.

Source: The Connecticut Post, "Employment rights of returning military personnel," Feb. 15, 2013

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