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Veteran Discrimination Bill Approved, Heads Back To House

The legislation would bar employers from discriminating against veterans.

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Photo: Flickr (The National Guard)

Sen. Banks says employment discrimination is a particular problem for National Guard members and reservists – and Indiana has one of the highest National Guard forces in the country.

Employers will no longer be able to discriminate against veterans under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday.

The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is three times higher than the rate for non-veterans in Indiana. Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) says that’s part of why the bill he’s sponsoring is so necessary. The legislation would bar employers from discriminating against veterans.

Banks says it’s a particular problem for National Guard members and reservists, and Indiana has one of the highest National Guard forces in the country.

“For employers who know that if they hire a particular employee who is a National Guard volunteer that they might be deployed for a year, so those considerations are taken into account by prospective employers,” Banks says. “They shouldn’t be.”

The Senate unanimously approved the bill. It now heads back to the House.

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