1.4 Affirmative Action Policy for the Employment of Disabled and Other Covered Veterans

1.4 Affirmative Action Policy for the Employment of Disabled and Other Covered Veterans

In compliance with the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, and the 2002 Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), as amended, MIT does not discriminate against any qualified employee or applicant for employment because he or she is a veteran with a disability or other covered veteran. MIT, in this respect, takes affirmative action to employ, advance in employment, and treat without discrimination, veterans with disabilities and other covered veterans.

MIT invites all applicants and employees to review its Affirmative Action Program for Qualified Individuals with Disabilities and Qualified Protected Veterans. Inquiries concerning the plan may be directed to the Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, NE49-5000, (617) 452-4516.

MIT also invites qualified veterans with disabilities and other covered veterans who wish to benefit under this program to voluntarily identify themselves to the Human Resources Officer of their organizational area.

A covered veteran is a person in one of the following categories:

  • Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran: Any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Oder 12985.
  • Recently Separated Veteran: Any veteran during the three year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service.
  • Other Protected Veteran: A person who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air services during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.
  • Disabled Veteran: A veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs, or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
    • A disabled individual is defined as any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities, or has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having an impairment. ("Life activities" are those which affect employability; "substantially limits" means the degree that the impairment affects employability.)

Questions relating to the employment of veterans should be directed to the Human Resources Officer for the department, lab or center.