Missouri governor calls for new veterans hiring law

6 months 1 week 6 days ago Saturday, January 06 2018 Jan 6, 2018 Saturday, January 06, 2018 12:07:07 PM CST January 06, 2018 in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is pushing for a law to protect private businesses from lawsuits if they give preference to veterans in hiring or promotions.

Greitens spokesman Parker Briden says employers who favor veterans could face discrimination lawsuits under federal employment laws, but there's an exception for states that pass their own laws allowing the practice.

The National Conference of State Legislatures said at least 38 other states have similar laws.

Lawmakers sponsoring the Missouri legislation and St. Louis employment attorneys say they're not aware of lawsuits against Missouri businesses for favoring veterans.

Attorneys Jon Berns and Ben Westhoff said veterans most often face bias in firing or other employment practices because of disabilities that resulted from their military service or because of the time off they need to serve.

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