USERRA Attorneys in New Jersey
Defending Current & Former Members of the Uniformed Services in NJ & Philadelphia
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) protects current or former members of the U.S. military and uniformed services against discrimination. It is unlawful for employers nationwide to discriminate against such individuals, regardless of their duty status.
Uniformed services include the following federal government entities:
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Navy
- U.S. Marine Corps
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Public Health Service
If you are or were a member of any of the above uniformed services and believe your employer has discriminated against you on that basis, reach out to The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks. Our USERRA lawyers in New Jersey help employees like you when they are denied employment, promotions, or any other benefits provided to other employees.
What Is the Purpose of USERRA?
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is intended to ensure that members of the uniformed services aren’t at a competitive disadvantage for civilian employment because of their military service.
Service members are protected by USERRA when they:
- Are engaged in civilian employment
- Provide their employers with timely notice of their duty obligations
- Report back to their employer in a timely manner after completing service
If someone is called to serve while employed in a civilian job, USERRA requires their employer to re-employ them upon their return from duty. The position the service member had before leaving must be provided with pay and benefits equal to that if they had not left for service.
In other words, uniformed service members are entitled to the seniority, rights, and benefits they would have obtained had their civilian employment continued without interruption.
Do Service Members Have to Inform Their Employers of Upcoming Duty?
Just as employers have obligations to their uniformed service member employees, these workers have obligations to notify their employers of upcoming duty and to report back to work upon its competition.
All employers in the U.S. are required to comply with USERRA. If you are a service member covered by USERRA, your employer is obligated to notify you of your rights under this law. This notice may be posted where other employee notices must be located at your worksite, mailed, or sent in an e-mail.
Did You Experience Discrimination Based on Your Service?
It is unlawful to discriminate against individuals on the basis of:
- Service in the past
- Current service
- Service that may be required in the future
If you are a current or former member of the military or U.S. Public Health Service and have experienced discrimination at work because of your service, reach out to The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks. Our attorneys are experienced and skilled legal advocates for people like you. We can help you seek legal remedies such as reinstatement, back pay, benefits, and more.
Reach out to us online today and ask how you can arrange a free initial consultation with us. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case.
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