Labor: Employees can now claim hostile work environment based on veteran status

What employers need to know to avoid lawsuits

Continuing the federal government’s recent trend of enacting laws, regulations and administrative processes that create or expand employees’ rights, on Nov. 21, 2011, President Obama signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. While the new law includes several provisions, the most controversial and legally noteworthy is a provision that amends and expands the protections under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Among other things, the provision created a new cause of action for veteran employees: a claim for hostile work environment based on veteran status. That part of the new law makes it easier for employees (including former, part-time and probationary employees) to sue their employers for harassment related to their military status.

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Andrew Tanick

Andy Tanick is a partner at national labor and employment firm Ford & Harrison LLP. Andy has over 20 years of experience handling employment cases...

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