Virginia Veterans’ Employment Rights Lawyer
If you have served or currently serve in the United States armed forces, you may have specialized rights as an employee. Virginia has one of the largest veteran populations of all U.S. states, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, and this exemplary group deserves fair treatment by employers.
If you are a member of the military and believe you are being treated inequitably by your employer, consider consulting a seasoned workplace discrimination attorney from the Spiggle Law Firm. A Virginia veterans’ employment rights lawyer may be able to advocate for your rights both in and out of court.
Employment Rights for Former Servicemembers in Virginia
The Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USEERA) has protected veterans from unlawful treatment by employers on the basis of their military status since 1994. However, an employer in Virginia may discipline or terminate a former servicemember in legitimate “good faith.”
At times, you may need to temporarily leave your job for deployment or other military obligations. When you come back to work, your employer is required to treat you as though you never left—if they do not, you may be able to bring a claim against them with the help of a dedicated Virginia veterans’ employment rights attorney.
USERRA also prevents Virginia business owners from financially penalizing a veteran employee. For example, it is unlawful for a company to refuse a former servicemember a company-wide raise or bonus because they missed work for military duties, as a lack of attendance at work because of military obligations must be excused by an employer.
Virginia Human Rights Act §2.2-3901 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against a veteran because they are disabled. Additionally, Virginia Code §2.2-3903 allows a former servicemember to sue their employer for dismissal based on their military-related disability.
You could receive up to one year of back pay for adverse effects at work resulting from your military status, but your employer may not be required to reinstate your employment. However, they may have to reimburse you for legal expenses in addition to a maximum 25 percent of your lost wages. A capable veterans’ employment rights lawyer in Virginia could assist you with a wrongful termination lawsuit if these circumstances apply to you.
Rights to Service Animals at Work
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that employers must allow reasonable accommodations to their employees, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. Companies that have a “no-pets” policy may be required to adjust their rules in order to accommodate an employee who requires a service animal to perform their job duties. Qualified legal counsel could help you pursue litigation for being denied the right to have a companion animal at work.
Talk with a Virginia Veterans’ Employment Rights Attorney Today
If you are a Virginia veteran who needs to exert their employment rights, qualified legal assistance may be available from the Spiggle Law Firm. Call a Virginia veterans’ employment rights lawyer and schedule a consultation today to get started on your case.