When called to active duty, military Reservists and National Guardsmen should not lose their jobs.
The case of Linda Jones is one of the hundreds claiming a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 by an employer. The legislation prohibits employers from discriminating against service members, veterans, and anyone who expresses a desire to enlist. The law assures reservists and guardsmen do not forfeit their employment or other benefits when temporarily summoned to active duty. However, as some deployments last up to a year, many firms have disregarded the legislation. Between 2004 and 2020, Justice Department lawyers filed 109 lawsuits and settled 200 USERRA allegations via consent decrees or private settlements.