Key Point 8-17. Federal law prohibits all employers, including churches, from discriminating against any person on account of military service. This includes discriminating against an applicant for employment, or an employee, who has an obligation to perform services on active duty or in the National Guard.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) applies to persons who perform work in the "uniformed services," which include the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Public Health Service commissioned corps, as well as the reserve components of each of these services. Federal training or service in the Army National Guard and Air National Guard also gives rise to rights under USERRA. In addition, under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Response Act, certain disaster response work is considered "service in the uniformed services."
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