DOJ: South Jersey Firm Violated U.S. Law By Not Rehiring Veteran on Return From Her Service

If a South New Jersey company did as the U.S. Department of Justice is alleging, it dishonored the service of a returning military veteran, in addition to violating the law.

DOJ announced today that it filed suit under the Uniform Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act against Healthcare Commons Inc., of Carneys Point, New Jersey, alleging it willfully violated USERRA by failing to reinstate an employee to her former job following her returning from her military deployment in May 2014. DOL said that Megan Toliver, 32, of New Castle, Delaware, a sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard, performed honorably as a mental health specialist.

Toliver worked for Healthcare Commons as a mental health screener.

Under USERRA, the company should have either given her that job back or employed her in a comparable job, the complaint said.

“No person should lose their job for serving our country, but according to our complaint that’s exactly what happened to a National Guard member here,” said Acting Associate General Stuart F. Delery. “Today’s filing is one more example of the Department of Justice’s commitment to protecting the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces from discrimination and unlawful actions.”

Here’s the DOJ announcement.


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