EEOC publications provide information on employment rights of veterans with disabilities

March 6, 2012

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two revised publications about veterans with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The revised guides — one for employers and one for veterans — reflect changes to the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. According to the EEOC these changes "make it easier for veterans with a wide range of impairments — including those that are often not well understood — such as traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, to get needed reasonable accommodations that will enable them to work successfully."

The "Guide for Employers" explains how protections for veterans with service-connected disabilities differ under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and how employers can prevent disability-based discrimination and provide reasonable accommodations.

The "Guide for Wounded Veterans" answers questions that veterans with service-related disabilities may have about the protections they are entitled to when they seek to return to their former jobs or look for civilian jobs. The publication also explains the kinds of accommodations that may be necessary to help veterans with disabilities obtain and successfully maintain employment.

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