USERRA Allows Military Personnel to Take Leave without Employment Termination Risk

For Tennessee workers and workers throughout the country, when you take a leave of absence from work your employment is usually not guaranteed and you may face termination if your position is no longer needed when you return or you may be moved to another position upon your return. However, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act or USERRA allows those employees taking military leave to return to their positions and does not allow them to be terminated by an employer for the first one hundred and eighty days or to be discriminated against by employees. If you or someone you love services in the military and you feel that you were unfairly terminated after your leave, then you should speak with a Tennessee employment lawyer about your USERRA rights. They will help you receive the compensation you deserve.

The USERRA also allows The President of the United States to extend protect under the act to others in times of war or a national emergency. This act provides protections such as not allowing discrimination from employers, requiring a company to rehire or return someone to their position or a similar position with seniority as if the person never left, and requires employers to maintain the employee’s health and other benefits while they are in the service. USERRA pertains to private employment as well as state and federal employment.
This act does not permit discrimination in the hiring, promotion, reemployment, or any other benefits of employment to employees who are serving in the military and take a leave of absence. This act also does not allow retaliation against these employees and will help anyone enforcing their rights under USERRA.

If you or someone you care about is serving in the military and has had to take a leave of absence and then been terminated or discriminated against for doing so, then we strongly recommend that you contact one of our experienced and caring Tennessee employment attorneys to find out about your rights under USERRA. We will work with you and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to by law. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a consultation to discuss your legal options.

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