Various federal and state veterans preference laws provide veterans with a preference in public employment. Some of the areas covered by these laws include hiring- and promotions-related practices of public employers. For example, depending on the preferences provided by the applicable law, for positions where the applicants are subject to a rating system based on experience and qualifications, the public employer can be required to provide veteran applicants with a percentage increase to their ratings. For positions where the applicants are not subject to a rating system, the employer can be required to give preference to veteran applicants over other applicants who are not more qualified.

The following is a sample of the veterans preference cases in which the members of  Block & Leviton’s Veterans and Servicemembers Rights and Benefits Practice Group have litigated  involving failure to comply with veterans preference laws:

If you have concerns about your rights and benefits as a veteran or servicemember, please contact one of the following persons for more information:

Joseph Barton, Esq. (
Ming Siegel, Paralegal (
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