Affirmative Action and the Disabled: Should Disabled Veterans Receive Preferential Treatment in Hiring Decisions?

1028 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
When people think of affirmative action programs, they generally think of programs that give preference to candidates based on gender or race. However, one of the most vital affirmative action programs in the United States is the Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP). Under these programs, agencies are not only required to give preferential treatment to disabled veterans, but also cultivate programs that "promote the maximum employment and job advancement opportunities for disabled veterans as well as certain veterans of the Vietnam era and of the post-Vietnam era who are qualified for such employment and advancement" (Office of Personnel Management, 2012). The result of these programs is that disabled veterans can get preferential treatment over less-qualified candidates when looking for a job. According to the Supreme Court's decisions on affirmative action, determining whether or not affirmative action programs are permissible depends upon the goal of the program. It is not enough to try to remedy vague historical discrimination, even if that discrimination was significant (Muhl, 1999). Instead, the affirmative program needs to meet a demonstrated specific need to remedy past discrimination (Muhl, 1999). Therefore, from a legal standpoint, the issue would seem to be whether disabled veterans and the other identified at-risk veterans have…
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