FEHA Extends to Military and Veterans

Humboldt County employers should know that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) now extends its protections from employment discrimination to those with “military and veteran” status.  Beginning January 1, 2014, such status is defined as "a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserve, the United States National Guard, and the California National Guard."  Employers may still, however, inquire into military or veteran status, but only for awarding veteran preference where allowed by law.

California law is not the only law applicable to employing veterans, and Humboldt County employers making any employment decisions that touch on an applicant’s or employee’s veteran or military status should check with an attorney before taking action.