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Were you harassed because you're a veteran?

Federal law in the United States strives to honor the uniqueness of all individuals and prevent people from being harassed and/or discriminated against due to their external appearances, or due to other factors over which the person has no control.

The law offers protected status to different people under different categories, such as gender, national origin, race, religion and other factors. One of these protected statuses is the status of being a U.S. veteran. By virtue of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, veterans cannot be harassed on the job.

Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Considering the debt of gratitude we owe to veterans for their selfless acts of bravery to defend our freedom in overseas wars, veterans are especially deserving of -- at the very least -- fair treatment.

To be demeaned with derogatory treatment because of one's status as a veteran is just as disrespectful and unlawful as any form of sexual harassment or racial discrimination. If you're being treated badly on the job, feel you have lost advancement opportunities or feel that you're being harassed or discriminated against in any way as a result of you being a veteran, the law is on your side. You can pursue justice and restitution in court.

Let's say, for example, that you complained about being harassed due to your veteran's status, and then you were let go from your job as a result. You may be able to pursue a wrongful termination claim to get back your job, or seek financial compensation for lost income, lost opportunity and other damages caused by your termination.

Source: FindLaw, "Understanding different types of harassment," accessed May 31, 2017

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