One of the stated goals of USERRA is to protect service members from discriminatory acts on the part of all employers in the United States. This means that a federal employer cannot discriminate against you or take negative employment action against you on the basis of your membership in the uniformed services, your service record or your obligation for service in the future.
Examples of unsanctioned actions under USERRA include:
- Denying you access to employee benefits, including healthcare
- Refusing to provide you with annual pay raises or promotions you would have otherwise received had you not been away on active duty
- Failing to provide you with reasonable accommodations for your service-related injuries or disabilities
- Firing or demoting you if you were attempting to help another colleague enforce his or her rights under USERRA
- Releasing you from employment on an at-will basis within the protected “for cause” timeframe
If your government employer took an action like those listed above, do not waste time in pursuing your rights under USERRA. While there are no time limits to filing, the longer you delay the greater your risk is for losing sensitive information that can help your case.