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INDIANAPOLIS - House Enrolled Act 1242, which provides protection for veterans facing employment discrimination, was signed March 13, 2014 by House Speaker Brian Bosma and President Pro Tem of the Senate David Long. The bill, authored by Representative Carbaugh and Senator Banks, will go into effect on July 1, 2014 after being signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The bill provides that it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate against a prospective employee on the basis of status as a veteran by: (1) refusing to employ an applicant for employment on the basis that the applicant is a veteran of the armed forces of the United States; or (2) refusing to employ an applicant for employment on the basis that the applicant is a member of the Indiana National Guard or member of a reserve component.

The bill requires the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to enforce alleged violations of the practice. It also requires the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs to disseminate information to inform veterans of the practice.

Click here to view a copy of House Enrolled Act 1242.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana.