FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law Tuesday at the 122nd Fighter Wing. It prevents employment discrimination against military veterans. House Bill 1242 makes it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire an applicant because of their status as a U.S. military veteran, National Guard member or reservist. Something the author of the bill, Rep. Martin Carbaugh, said he had heard about even before he was elected.
“Put his application in with all of his military service on and couldn’t get call backs. As an experiment, he actually sent out the same resume without the military service on their and his Purdue degree and got calls back right away,” Rep. Carbaugh said.
The new law also requires the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to address any alleged violations and the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs to distribute information notifying veterans of this practice.
Leaders at the 122nd Fighter Wing said they are grateful to have hosted such a prestigious occasion and appreciate the hard work and determination of Representative Martin Carbaugh and Gov. Pence to help protect and defend the rights and livelihood of our Indiana Airmen and soldiers.