Rep. Carbaugh's bill to fight veteran discrimination signed into law

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rep. Carbaugh's bill to fight veteran discrimination signed into law

STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1242 was signed into law by Governor Pence at the 122nd Fighter Base in Fort Wayne. The legislation authored by State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a prospective employee because they are a veteran of the Armed Forces or member of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component.

“It is great to see this important piece of legislation come to fruition,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “Veterans make immense sacrifices to ensure the safety of Hoosiers, and they deserve the opportunity to find a high-quality job after service without the added hurdle of discriminatory hiring practices.”

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission will be responsible for any allegations that are made while the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs’ will be in control of educating veterans about the law.

“This law is an important step towards ensuring that Hoosier veterans have a level playing field when they enter the civilian workforce,” said Rep. Carbaugh. “We can never repay the brave men and women who willingly sacrificed so much for our country, but it is imperative that we give them the support they deserve.”

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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.