Enacted in 1994, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects service members’ reemployment rights when they are returning from a period of duty in the uniformed services. This includes members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, along with those called up from the reserves or National Guard. USERRA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on military service or obligation. It also strengthens and expands the employment and reemployment rights of all uniformed service members.
Without USERRA, Reserve and National Guard personnel would be forced to choose between their service to their country and their work for their employer. Pilot Law represents the alleged victims of discrimination against military personnel by non-military employers in order to protect individual’s rights and ensure the continued access of the military to these highly trained and skilled men and women.