Rep. Carbaugh fights veteran discrimination

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rep. Carbaugh fights veteran discrimination

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1242 authored by State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and co- authored by Reps. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis), Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Ober (R-Albion) passed out of the House today with a unanimous vote and will now go to the Senate for further discussion.

HB 1242 would make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a prospective employee because he or she is a veteran of the Armed Forces or member of the Indiana National Guard or of a reserve component. Currently, veteran status is not included in Indiana’s anti-discrimination statute listing specific characteristics that an employer may not use to discriminate against a potential employee.

“Many businesses seek out Hoosier veterans to employ, and rightfully so,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “Growing evidence, though, shows that some specifically avoid hiring veterans based solely on their service to our nation. Indiana’s current unemployment rate for veterans is two to three times higher than Indiana’s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent. Our veterans sacrifice a great deal to ensure the safety of Hoosiers, and they deserve the opportunity find a high-quality job after service without the added hurdle of discriminatory hiring practices.”

If enacted into statute, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission would be responsible for any allegations that are made. The Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs’ would be in control of educating veterans about this law.

“Hiring discrimination can affect all veterans, young and old,” Rep. Carbaugh said. “This bill is an important step toward ensuring that Hoosier veterans have a level playing field when they enter the civilian workforce. We truly appreciate their service to state and country and want to give them the best chance possible to flourish.”

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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh serves as Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Rep. Carbaugh represents a portion of Allen County.