Indiana Vets Protected from Workplace Discrimination

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has added veteran status to the list of classes of workers protected from employment discrimination.

Among other changes, the Indiana General Assembly amended the State’s labor and safety Act (HEA 1242) to prohibit employers from refusing to hire an applicant for employment who has served in the U.S. armed forces or is a member of the Indiana National Guard or member of a reserve component.

Forced Veteran Hire Clause Added

The revised Act also states that the State may force an employer guilty of discrimination against a veteran or member of the Indiana National Guard or reserve component to hire the applicant, among other potential penalties. Section 4(j)

Not Just Hiring: All Workplace Discrimination Against Vets Prohibited

While the revision to the Act focused on discrimination against Indiana veterans in the hiring process, the Act also prohibits discrimination against all covered protected classes in firing, training, discipline, compensation, promotion and other terms or conditions of employment.

Required Indiana Posting Revised

Employers with six or more employees in Indiana are required to display the revised Indiana Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law posting and give notice of the Act to job applicants.

The revised posting is part of the GovDocs Indiana Labor Law Poster Package in electronic and printed formats, along with other workplace postings required for Indiana employers:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Teen Worker Hour Restrictions (Child Labor)
  • Minimum Wage and Overtime
  • Safety & Health Protection on the Job
  • Workforce Development Act
  • No Smoking At Building Entrance
  • Smoking Prohibited by State Law

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