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Military Spouses Protected From Bias, DOL Reminds Contractors (1)

May 10, 2019, 3:11 PMUpdated: May 10, 2019, 7:26 PM

The Labor Department is reminding federal contractors that military spouses and other individuals connected to protected veterans are covered under workplace anti-discrimination laws.

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act protects those groups, according to recently published guidance from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The agency is a division of the Labor Department responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws in workplaces that hold government contracts.

In fiscal year 2018, the OFCCP fielded 132 complaints on the basis of veteran status, according to OFCCP data. That’s a small portion—roughly 10.9%—of total discrimination complaints the agency received that year. It’s collected...

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