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Disabled, Vietnam-era and Other Eligible Veterans

Memorandum #354 Disabled, Vietnam-era and Other Eligible Veterans

Revised: August 16, 2007
Date of Issue: October 1999

Purpose

To establish a policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without regard to veteran status in accordance with the Vietnam-Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended.

Accountability

Under the direction of the President, the Director of Diversity & Equity and Affirmative Action shall ensure compliance with this policy. The Director of Diversity & Equity, in conjunction with the Vice Presidents and Deans, and all other staff in a supervisory capacity, shall implement this policy.

Definitions

  1. Disabled Veteran - A person entitled to disability compensation under laws administered by the Veteran's Administration for disability rated at 30% or more, or a person whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  2. Qualified Special Disabled Veteran - a Special Disabled Veteran as defined in 41 C.F.R. Part 60-250.2 who satisfies the requisite skill, experience, education and other job-related requirements of the employment position such veteran holds or desires, and who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of such position.
  3. Veteran of the Vietnam-Era - a person who served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 or between August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 in an area other than Vietnam with a discharge or release other than dishonorable discharge.
  4. Other Eligible Veterans - A person who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

Policy

The Community College of Philadelphia provides fair employment, educational and career opportunities to every qualified individual. Accordingly, the College will take affirmative action to employ, advance in employment and otherwise treat qualified special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-Era and other eligible veterans without discrimination in all employment and educational practices.

The College will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because he or she is a special disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era or is otherwise eligible. The College will recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles, and ensure that all other personnel actions are administered without regard to special disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status; and ensure that all employment decisions are based only on valid job requirements.

Employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have engaged in or may engage in any of the following activities: (1) filing a complaint; (2) assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance evaluation, hearing, or any other activity related to the administration of the affirmative action provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended ("VEVRAA") or any other federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity for veterans; (3) opposing any act or practice made unlawful by VEVRAA or its implementing regulations or any other federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity for veterans; or (4) exercising any other right protected by VEVRAA or its implementing regulations.

Reasonable accommodations shall be made to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified special disabled veteran employee or applicant unless such accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the conduct of the College's educational mission or operations.