Veteran or service member rights
You have certain employment protections as a veteran or service member.
Two federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on your status as a veteran or service member. Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, you’re protected from discrimination based on your prior service in the uniformed services; current service in the uniformed services; or intent to join the uniformed services. This is regardless of whether your employer is a private employer, the federal government, a state government, or local government. You may also be protected against discrimination under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) if you are an employee of a federal contractor or subcontractor and meet the definition of a “protected veteran.” Additionally, under both laws, your employer is also prohibited from discriminating against you because of your attempt to enforce your rights or someone else’s rights.
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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:
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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.
For example, your current or any future employer cannot:
- terminate you,
- fail to promote you,
- fail to hire you,
- fail to reemploy you, or
- fail to give you benefits that others received either while you were at work or while you were deployed
because you are a veteran or service member.
elaws Veterans’ Issues Advisors
Employment Law Guide: Employment Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity for Covered Veterans
VETS Information on The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
VETS Fact Sheet: Your Rights Under USERRA
OFCCP Fact Sheet: Protected Veterans’ Rights
OFCCP Frequently Asked Questions: VEVRAA
Guidance from OFCCP on the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)