Civilian life

Another law that has been put in place refers to veterans. Veterans should be given special consideration due to their service to the nation. They should never be taken for granted and these laws have been put in place to ensure that they are always considered and rewarded for their efforts. Again, when they come from their service to the country, assistance is needed in getting them adjusted to civilian life.

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) initially said that if one applied to government contracts that were $25,000 and up, priority of hiring would be given to qualified disabled veterans, veterans who had just left the armed forces within 1 year, and veterans from the Vietnam era. This was also applicable in the event that a promotion came up. They were to be given priority (The Vietnam Era, 2009).

This law was amended in 2003 and now requires that if the contract or subcontract given by the government is at least $100,000 and is for the purpose of buying, selling or use on personal and non-personal property and services, the person should actively look to employ and promote qualified veterans. This includes veterans who have been discharged within 3 years, disabled veterans, veterans who served during a war and the like (The Vietnam Era, 2009). The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was put in place to ensure that differently abled people were not overlooked when it came to opportunities in the work place.

People tend to think that if someone has a physical disability, they are unable to work or are incompetent. This is not so. The problem of discrimination on the basis of disability is a pervasive and serious social problem (Americans with Disabilities, 2009). Discrimination includes discriminatory effects when it comes to transportation, communication, architectural designs, failure to modify facilities to accommodate disabled people, giving them lesser duties to perform and many more (Americans with Disabilities, 2009).

The rules that have been put in place give clear mandates so that all discrimination against the disabled can be eliminated. Additionally, the organization has enforceable standards to address this issue and the federal government as well (Americans with Disabilities, 2009). The elements of discrimination based on civil rights, equal pay, veterans and the disabled have been addressed by law but must be enforced in the work place to ensure that everyone working there is taken care of.

This is beneficial to the company because happy workers tend to be more productive. It also means that the organization is not overlooking a person with great ability on the basis of things like gender or race that have no bearing on their performance. They should always be included in the equal employment policy for the sake of the employee and even the employer.


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