USERRA refers to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights
act which was enacted to protect the rights of federal workers who are
also reservists in addition to others who are called to active duty during
the course of employment. Similarly, VEOA refers to the Veterans Employment
Opportunities act which was signed into law in order to provide veterans
of 3 or more years of service in good standing with the United States
military with the rights that allow those veterans to compete for work
opportunities within the federal government. These important pieces of
legislation seek to minimize
employment discrimination against active members of the armed forces in addition to those veterans
in good standing.
Perhaps the most significant portions of USERRA and VEOA refer to the right
of federal workers to keep their job status, position, rate-of-pay, benefits
and others upon return from voluntary or involuntary military service.
Federal employees may not be fired for absence due to military service,
and those veterans seeking employment cannot be rejected on the basis
of their military status. When these rights are violated, individuals
have the option to file a complaint against the specific government agency.
Before filing your complaint, discuss your case with a seasoned employment
law attorney who can provide you with the guidance you need.
Winning a USERRA or VEOA Appeal
There are a variety of factors that contribute to a successful appeal under
the USERRA or VEOA acts. The legitimacy of the incident itself is perhaps
most critical to the success of an appeal. The Federal Practice Group
Worldwide Service can work with clients worldwide to build a thorough
and compelling case based on details of the incident itself. Our high
quality, experienced legal staff can provide sufficient evidence for many
clients who have experienced discrimination due to their relationship
with the armed services, and we have a long record of success in USERRA
and VEOA hearings.