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Former Florida officer, veteran claims employee rights violation

The nation's military personnel are among the most valuable, though often undervalued, resource the country has for protecting its citizens. Soldiers often risk their lives in order to maintain the freedoms that the country allows for its residents. Unfortunately, returning veterans can often face discrimination when returning to their civilian jobs. Their employee rights are sometimes violated even though there are laws and regulations in place to protect veterans and other military personnel who seek civilian jobs, but employers do not always heed these policies.

A former police officer in Florida is currently pursuing a case against his former employer as he claims that he was not rehired to a "comparable" position after he sustained an injury while performing his duties as a part of the United States military. There are laws in place that help to ensure that those returning from military service are able to be rehired at their former positions with their civilian employer or a position that is equivalent to their previously held one. The man was honorably discharged from his military service after he sustained an injury but believes he was not treated fairly when it comes to returning to his civilian job. 

Part of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act iterates that the returning veteran's job should come with similar benefits as their previously held position. The former officer is stating that the positions he was offered upon his return were for a much lesser pay and rank than his previous position as an officer. The man did not wish to accept such positions and alleges that he was terminated entirely from the police department.

As the veteran and former officer feels his employee rights were being disregarded, he understood that legal action was necessary. He wishes to regain a position and be compensated for lost wages and benefits. Anyone who feels that they may be facing similar or other employment violations from their employers may wish to look into Florida employment laws that could provide helpful information and courses of action.

Source:, "Former LPD Officer Sues, Says He Was Not Offered Comparable Job After Military Service," Jason Geary, July 10, 2013

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