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Connecticut Protects Veterans from Employment Discrimination and Grants Leave for National Guard Members of Other States

Veterans Provided Nondiscrimination Protections

A new law in Connecticut protects veterans from employment discrimination and grants leave for National Guard members of other states. Highlights of the law are presented below.

Employment Discrimination Based on Veteran Status Prohibited
Effective October 1, 2017, the new law adds "status as a veteran" to the list of categories protected under the state nondiscrimination law. Under state law, it is generally a discriminatory practice for an employer with 3 or more employees to (among other things) discriminate against an individual in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of his or her race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability, or physical disability (e.g., blindness).

Leave for National Guard Members of Other States
Effective October 1, 2017, the new law adds "the National Guard of any other state" to the list of services that qualify for leave to perform military duty. Under current state law, the employer of any employee who--as a part of that employee's service in the armed forces of the state or any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States--is ordered to perform military duty (including meetings or drills) during regular working hours must allow that employee a leave of absence to perform military duty.

Additional details are contained in the text of the new law.

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