Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a military employment discrimination bill into law, the first of its kind in the country.
The bill makes it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire an applicant because of their status as a U.S. military veteran, National Guard member or reservist.
Lawmakers in both the state House and Senate unanimously approved the bill this session.
"Seeing the way this legislation passed on a broad and bipartisan basis really demonstrates the commitment of the people of Indiana to those who have served and are serving in the uniform of the United States," says Pence.
Pence signed the bill at a National Guard office in Fort Wayne.
"I was very proud to be able to sign it here among those who continue to serve our state and our nation with such great distinction," says Pence.
The new law also requires the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to address any alleged violations and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs to distribute information notifying veterans of this practice.
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