Veterans and Federal contractor employment discrimination
You have the right to be treated fairly as a protected veteran.
Certain categories of veterans who are employees of or applicants to covered Federal contractors or subcontractors are specifically protected under the law. A veteran is considered a “protected veteran” if he or she falls into one or more of the following categories: disabled veteran; recently separated veteran; active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran; or Armed Forces service medal veteran.
Federal law also requires certain Federal contractors and subcontractors to take proactive steps to promote (as well as recruit, hire, and retain) protected veterans. It’s illegal for these employers to discriminate against you when making employment decisions related to firing, pay, benefits, job assignments, layoffs, training, and other employment-related activities.
You have the right to file a complaint and participate in an employment discrimination investigation without being retaliated against by your employer. Even if you’re not a protected veteran or an employee of a Federal contractor or subcontractor, your employer is generally prohibited from discriminating against you based on your veteran or service member status.
Questions? We’re here to help.
We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:
- e-VETS Resource Advisor
- Federal Contractor Compliance Advisor
- Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor
- Medical- and Disability-Related Leave Advisor
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) investigates complaints alleging discrimination based on protected veteran status, including disabled veterans.
For additional assistance, please contact:
- OFCCP: 1-800-397-6251 (TTY 1-877-889-5627)
- The OFCCP Help Desk
Learn about filing a complaint
We’ll help you decide what to do next and determine whether filing a complaint is the best course of action. You must file a complaint relating to your protected veteran status within 300 days unless the time for filing is extended for good cause.
Please note that it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for reporting an issue to OFCCP.File with OFCCP