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McCaskill seeks answers on veterans’ hiring and workplace protections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is calling for details on how the government is holding its contractors accountable for hiring veterans and protecting them from discrimination. The Administration recently revoked an executive order that targeted contractors who failed to follow requirements for supporting veterans.

“I’ve heard from too many Missouri veterans who’ve struggled to get a civilian job after sacrificing so much to protect our country,” McCaskill said. “I’m concerned that the federal government is taking steps backward when it should be doing everything it can to protect our veterans and help them get jobs.”

Since 1974, the federal government has promoted the hiring of veterans and outlawed workplace discrimination against them through laws and regulations issued by the Department of Labor. An executive order was issued in 2014 that strengthened measures against contractors and subcontractors who failed to follow the requirements, but the Administration revoked the executive order last year.

“Federal contractors and subcontractors cannot discriminate against veterans, and the federal government should make every effort to discourage this unlawful behavior,” McCaskill wrote in a letter to the Department of Labor. She raised concerns that revoking these protections could make it more difficult for veterans to get jobs with government contractors and subcontractors and requested details from the Department of Labor about how it will continue to hold government contractors and subcontractors accountable.

Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

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