Employers Must be Mindful of Obligations to Employees in the Military Under USERRA

July 16, 2015

Recently, a number of DEA agents filed a complaint alleging that the agency discriminated against them on the basis of their service in the military reserves. The agents contend they have been subjected to discriminatory treatment in job assignments and other terms and conditions of employment.  The matter remains pending.

Employers in both the private and public sector need to observe their obligations to employees returning from military service under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  Similarly, such employees should be aware of their rights upon return from service including reemployment. For a general overview of USERRA rights and obligations, see the following DOL fact sheet.  http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/userra_fs.htm