If you're a member of the National Guard or Reserve back from a deployment and having trouble with your employer, there are resources set up to help you. Here are some that I discovered while researching tonight's story in our "Coming Home" series by Lisa Myers.
Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve: ESGR was established by the Pentagon in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reservists and their civilian employers. ESGR's mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. Volunteers serve as informal mediators between the employer and employee and inform and educate them on what the law requires while assisting in finding a mutually agreeable solution.
Veteran's Employment and Training Service: VETS is a division of the Labor Department. Their mission is to provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities and protecting their employment rights. VETS has also developed a fact sheet and an interactive computer program which addresses the rights and responsibilities of individuals and their employers under the law.
National Guard and reserve members called to active duty, and their civilian employers, have certain rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
If you feel you've been a victim of employment discrimination, you can file a complaint electronically with the Department of Labor here.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) can also directly receive and investigate certain federal USERRA claims.