Governor signs bill to protect veterans, employment

Assemblyman Rudy Salas(D-Bakersfield) has announced his bill to protect veterans from employment discrimination under employment and housing act, was signed by Governor Brown.
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D- Bakersfield) says his bill, which will protect veterans from employment discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, was signed by the Governor.

“We took stories of veterans who were discriminated against to the Governor, and I am happy to report that he heard us,” Salas said. “This is a good day for veterans and their supporters.”

Several cases of possible discrimination have been highlighted by multiple media sources. Both the New York Times and CNN featured the story of an Army veteran home from Afghanistan who was struggling to secure a part-time job while he went to school. Last year, The Los Angeles Times ran a story on veteran discrimination that featured a 29-year-old Air Force veteran with a law degree who was repeatedly turned away from jobs.

For veterans age 24 and under, the national unemployment rate is 29.1% and reached 43% in California last October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More than 1.8 million Veterans and Military members reside in California with many more expected to settle here after returning from service. Several Veterans groups have highlighted AB 556 as a National Priority.
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