ISSUE 4

Protection for private sector veterans’ hiring policies

Private sector employers attempting to establish preferred veteran hiring practices may be risking claims of discrimination.

As of June 2014, 573,000 veterans were unemployed and the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 6.4 percent, with young male veterans ages 18 to 24 experiencing an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent.1

Key message

Many companies would like to hire veterans because of their unique skill sets, proven work ethic and reliability, but they are hesitant to do so for fear of being sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, Title VII, Section 11 of the Civil Rights Act contains a carve-out that exempts veterans' preference processes authorized by state statute.

Best Practices

For legislative best practices on providing protection for private sector veterans' hiring policies, view Hiring Protection Best Practices (PDF).

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