Veterans and Military Families Employment Project

Family members of service members and veterans may be entitled to take job-protected time off to care for an ill or injured service member or veteran or to address needs arising out of deployment. In addition, service members and veterans are protected from employment discrimination and harassment based on military or veteran status and may be entitled to reinstatement to their employment after military service. 

Our Work

LAS-ELC’s Veterans and Military Families Employment Project (VMFEP) protects the rights of workers who need time off because of their military obligations or care giving responsibilities and assists those who have experienced discrimination based on military or veteran status. We provide free legal advice and representation to workers who have been subjected to unlawful workplace practices. The VMFEP also provides representation to victims of military sexual trauma, women veterans and members of the LGBT community.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an employer discriminate against me because I served in the military?  

No. Employment discrimination based on military or veteran status is unlawful. 

Can I take time off from work to care for my child who is an injured service member?  

You may be able to take job-protected time off. Please see our fact sheet.