The House will vote this week to approve legislation that will require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA). The Act is a federal law which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who have military service obligations.
Originally, when the TSA was created post-9/11, the agency was exempted from USERRA in order to fill positions within the TSA quickly. However, as the agency has become more established, the exemption is no longer necessary. The report from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee emphasized that compliance with USERRA will not hinder the efficiency of the TSA’s work. To the contrary, the report argues that the rights protected by USERRA will bring a level of stability to the workforce.