A private employer would be allowed to give veterans preference in hiring and promotion practices under a bill approved by the House Veterans Services Division Feb. 27.
HF2100 would make the veterans preference voluntary for private employers, who could also extend the benefit to the spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran. Some publicly funded agencies currently are allowed to give veterans hiring preference.
Although the federal Civil Rights Act considers voluntary veterans preference in employment as discriminatory, it is permitted if allowed under state or local laws. Therefore, granting preference in hiring and promotion under these circumstances would not violate state or local equal employment opportunity law, according to the provision.
Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) sponsors the bill, which was referred to the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee.
Sen. Ted Daley (R-Eagan) sponsors a companion, SF1599, that awaits action on the Senate floor.