New Law Prohibits Hiring Discrimination Against Veterans
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – It’s now against Indiana law to not hire a person based on their status as a veteran or member of the Indiana National Guard.
House Enrolled Act 1242 went into effect with a host of other state laws Tuesday, July 1. It prevents employers from discriminating against a prospective employee on the basis of their status as a veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard.
The new law also prevents businesses from refusing to employ an job applicant on the basis that they are a member of the Indiana National Guard or member of a reserve component.
“Veterans make immense sacrifices to ensure the safety of Hoosiers, and they deserve the opportunity to find a high-quality job after service without the added hurdle of discriminatory hiring practices,” said State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), the bill’s author.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission will enforce the law and investigate alleged violations. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs is tasked with bringing the law to veterans’ attention.