Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs honored America’s veterans and expressed its sincere gratitude to this nation’s service members who have and currently serve with an unwavering commitment to protecting our nation, many times at a great personal sacrifice to themselves and their families.
As President Biden’s recent proclamation observed, “we recognize and thank them for their indispensable contributions and immeasurable sacrifices in support of our national security. As we approach this season of thanksgiving, we send our gratitude to millions of service members, veterans, military families, caregivers, and survivors who have served and continue to serve our Nation.”
OFCCP proudly works to ensure equal employment opportunity in the civilian workforce for protected veterans, disabled veterans and spouses of protected veterans – specifically with federal contractors, including subcontractors. Under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) enforced by OFCCP, it is unlawful for a federal contractor to discriminate in employment against protected veterans including disabled veterans. OFCCP provides resources to federal contractors to protect veterans from workplace discrimination, and to veterans to understand their rights.
In September, OFCCP reached a resolution with a federal contractor regarding claims that it discriminated against a disabled veteran by failing to accommodate his disability and terminating him. The contractor agreed to provide $10,500 in back pay and interest and to remove all references to any discipline or termination from the veteran’s personnel file.
Learn more about our resources to support veterans’ equal employment opportunities:
- Veteran and Disabled Veteran Resources: Our resources include worker fact sheets that discuss Protected Veterans' Rights and Disability Rights.
- VEVRAA Compliance Assistance for Contractors: Our resources include VEVRAA Regulations FAQs, the current VEVRAA Benchmark, and other Compliance and Hiring Resources.
- VETS: You can find a wealth of information from DOL’s Veterans' Employment and Training Service.