You have reemployment rights with your pre-service employer following qualifying service in the uniformed services. In general, you’re entitled to be reemployed with the status, seniority, and rate of pay as if you had been continuously employed during the period of service. This means that if you are eligible for reemployment, you generally get the job you would have been in as though you never deployed but were at work the whole time. In some situations, this may be a promoted position; in others, it may be a layoff position.

If you are not promptly reemployed (or reemployed into the proper position with accompanying benefits), you have the right to file a complaint and participate in an investigation without being retaliated against by your employer.

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We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is authorized to investigate and resolve complaints of violations such as those listed above. For additional assistance, please contact:

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We’ll help you decide what to do next and determine whether filing a complaint is the best course of action.

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your status as a veteran or service member or because you have attempted to enforce your rights, or someone else’s rights, as a veteran or service member, you have the right to file a complaint and participate in an investigation without being retaliated against by an employer.

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