Veterans Returning to Work Rights Under The USERRA

Enacted in 1994, USERRA serves as a crucial piece of legislation designed to safeguard the employment and reemployment rights of service members who leave their civilian jobs to answer the call of duty. The goal was to ensure those returning from service could more easily reintegrate into the workforce. What are the key provisions of USERRA, and what does it do? 

What is the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act?

Under certain circumstances, the USERRA requires employers to save an individual’s job for them while they serve in the military. This allows them to pick up where they left off in a timely manner when returning to civilian life. It also gives them certain protections regarding discrimination they may face as a result of their service. 

What Are the Requirements to Qualify Under the USERRA?

In order to qualify under the USERRA, there are several considerations:

If You Have Questions, Contact an Attorney

If you are having a challenging time recovering your job after returning from service, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at (248) 519-2313 to see how we can help you on your legal journey.

An experienced attorney can provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific situation, helping you navigate the complexities of USERRA and ensuring that your rights are protected. 

If you’re over 40, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects you from age-based discrimination at work. This law prohibits employers from treating you unfairly because of your age when it comes to hiring, firing, promotions, or benefits. 

It’s worth emphasizing that age discrimination isn’t just about being fired. It can also happen if you’re passed over for a promotion or don’t receive the same training opportunities as younger coworkers. If you believe an employer has discriminated against you due to your age, you can file a lawsuit to stand up for your rights and seek justice.

Filing an Age Discrimination Lawsuit

If you face age discrimination at work and decide to take legal action, your case will likely proceed through the following typical stages:

Consulting a Lawyer

First, you should find a knowledgeable employment law attorney. They will guide you through the legal process and represent your interests.

Gathering Evidence

Next, your lawyer will collect any evidence supporting your claim of age discrimination. This might include emails, witness statements, or examples of younger employees receiving better treatment.

Filing a Charge with the EEOC

Before bringing suit, you must file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Your lawyer will handle this step. The EEOC will review your case and decide if it should investigate.

Waiting for the EEOC to Investigate

If the EEOC investigates, they’ll gather more information from you and your employer. Their goal is to understand if age discrimination occurred.

Receiving EEOC’s Decision

After investigating, the EEOC will decide whether it can act on the information it’s undcovered. This might involve working with the employer to correct its behavior or taking them to court.

Filing a Lawsuit

If the EEOC doesn’t find evidence or if a settlement isn’t possible, you can sue. Your lawyer will handle the legal work, like preparing documents and representing you in court.

Attending Mediation or Trial

Depending on the case, you might go through mediation to reach a settlement or proceed to trial. Your lawyer will argue on your behalf, presenting evidence and witness testimonies that support your claim.

How an Age Discrimination Lawyer Can Help

If you have experienced age discrimination at work, a lawyer can listen to your story and determine if you have a strong case. Then, they can gather and organize evidence, like emails or witness statements, to support your claim. After preparing your case, your lawyer will file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on your behalf, following all filing procedures as necessary. 

If your case goes to court, your attorney can represent you and handle all the administrative details of your lawsuit. Throughout the process, they communicate with you, keep you informed, and offer advice. With their knowledge and support, an age discrimination lawyer empowers you to stand up against unfair workplace treatment based on age.

Contact a Michigan Age Discrimination Attorney 

If you’re facing age discrimination at work, remember you’re not alone. Just Right Law is here to help you fight for the respect and fairness you deserve. Our experienced age discrimination lawyers understand the challenges you’re facing and are ready to provide the support and guidance you need. 

Don’t let age discrimination in the workplace hold you back any longer. Contact Just Right Law today for an initial consultation.

We are thrilled to announce that Muneeb Ahmad, Managing Partner at Just Right Law, has been selected to the 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a respected rating service of outstanding lawyers, recognizes only the top attorneys in each state. Each year, their research team evaluates candidates from over 70 practice areas for this honor. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are chosen.

Muneeb M. Ahmad is a highly skilled attorney with 15 years of experience in immigration, active litigation, and transaction law. His practice focuses in various areas of law, including immigration, contracts, employment, real estate, business, and insurance.

In addition to making the Super Lawyers list this year, Mr. Ahmad has made the list each consecutive year since 2021. Previously, he had also been honored with making the Michigan Rising Stars list from 2013 to 2017.