Military Veterans Rights

Serving nearby areas by Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida

 

Protecting freedom from discrimination

Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, if you serve in the military but have a civilian job, that job is protected by law when you serve your military duty. So is your health insurance through that job, and the seniority you’ve earned.

Unfortunately, some military veterans find that their civilian employers don’t honor these obligations. And when they don’t, your rights are protected under the extensive Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which prohibits discrimination against persons because of their service in the Armed Forces Reserve, the National Guard or other uniformed services.

Video Transcript for the Hearing Impaired:

I want to thank you for your military service to our country. Our law firm thanks you, and I know that everyone in our country thanks you. We’re very proud of you and what you have done for our nation. You have certain rights to which you are entitled as a result of your military service. Sometimes there are people out there in this world that will take advantage of you, even though you have served our country.I’ll give you an example. When you have a job and you are called away to active duty while in the middle of that job, our laws say that when you come back, that job is yours. If you have come back and some employer says,
“No, no, no, no. We don’t have that job for you anymore,” we want to talk to you. We want to represent you. You may have a valid claim or case against that employer for violations of federal laws. It is important that you talk to a lawyer, because we can walk you through your rights, and what you are entitled to in terms of benefits or compensation; as a result of wrongdoing by that employer.

 

Understanding USERRA Protection
USERRA is designed to encourage non-career uniformed service so that Americans can enjoy the protection of those services, provided by qualified people, while at the same time maintaining a balance with the needs of private and public employers who also depend on these individuals. You are covered under this act and have a right to be free from discrimination or retaliation if you:

  • are a past or present member of the uniformed service
  • have applied for membership in the uniformed service
  • are obligated to serve in the uniformed service

If you qualify, then an employer may not deny you:

  • initial employment
  • reemployment
  • retention in employment
  • promotion
  • any benefit of employment because of this status

Additionally an employer may not retaliate against anyone assisting in the enforcement of USERRA rights, including testifying or making a statement in any USERRA proceeding.

Serving Our Service Professionals
Romano Law Group has great respect for all who serve our country. Without the working men and women who don uniforms and leave their jobs, families and lives to serve when needed, none of us would enjoy the rights, freedoms and protection we have today. Both John Romano and son Todd Romano served in the United States Marine Corps. They have taken a vow to help defend the rights of military members who have sacrificed so much to defend the rights of all Americans.

Our law firm serves those who have been discriminated against or denied employment or rights due to their military service. We represent clients in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, South Florida, and across the United States.

If you have any questions about the Uniformed Service Act, or think you may have a potential case, please contact us at any time.

Video Transcript for the Hearing Impaired:

Your military service entitles you to a number of extraordinary benefits. Our country has set up wonderful laws for military veterans just like you, in order to protect you, in order to help you. And in order to set these up as an incentive so other young men and women coming along will want to join the military. In some instances, you may not be getting benefits you are entitled to. In other instances, you may be getting some benefits, but you are entitled to an enhancement or higher benefits. If you feel as though you may be entitled to benefits or more benefits because of your military service, we want you to call us. We’re very proud of your service and we don’t want a benefit to be out there that you should be getting that you’re not getting merely because you did not consult with an attorney who knows, understands and appreciates veterans’ benefits as we do at Romano Law Group.