Military Veteran Sues Aurora Health Care for Wrongful Termination

According to Post Crescent, Oshkosh military veteran has accused Aurora Health Care of wrongful termination and violation of a federal law designed to protect National Guard members from losing their jobs and benefits while performing military service.

U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Mike Hert claims in the federal lawsuit filed that Aurora Health Care violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act when it terminated his employment in January. Los Angeles employment lawyer advises that the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve in the military services are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their services and are promptly reemployment upon their return from duty.

Hert, a decorated military veteran who has served for 27 years, claims he returned from a yearlong tour of duty in Djibouti in September 2010. Her alleges Aurora violated the act by denying him employment benefits because of his membership, service and obligation to perform service in the military. He applied for reemployment after returning from duty, as a physician relations consultant, but the company placed him on a performance monitoring program as a new employee and gave him new responsibilities and work, placing him in a lower status than a far junior employee hired to replace him.