Two Federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on your status as a veteran or service member. Under one law, you’re protected from discrimination based on your prior service in the uniformed services; current service in the uniformed services; or intent to join the uniformed services. This is regardless of whether your employer is a private employer, the Federal Government, a state government, or local government. You may also be protected against discrimination under Federal law if you are an employee of a Federal contractor or subcontractor and meet the definition of a “protected veteran.” Additionally, under both laws, your employer is also prohibited from discriminating against you because of your attempt to enforce your rights or someone else’s rights. This means your employer may not take any adverse action against you because of your status as a veteran or service member or because you have attempted to enforce your rights, or someone else’s rights, as a veteran or service member.

For example, your current or any future employer cannot:

  • terminate you,
  • fail to promote you,
  • fail to hire you,
  • fail to reemploy you,
  • or fail to give you benefits that others got either while you were at work or while you were deployed

because you are a veteran or service member.

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:

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) work together to coordinate investigations of complaints.

For additional assistance, please contact:

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.

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your status as a veteran or service member or because you have attempted to enforce your rights, or someone else’s rights, as a veteran or service member, you have the right to file a complaint and participate in an investigation without being retaliated against by an employer.

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