Invitation to Employees, who are...


Disabled Veterans, Other Protected Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Recently Separated Veterans, and/or Employees with Disabilities                           

Brookhaven National Laboratory is subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.  As such, we have developed affirmative action programs to employ and advance in employment, qualified individuals with a disability, special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans and other protected veterans.

According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a person with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. 

  • A Disabled Veteran  includes any veteran who (a) 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 (b) was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • An Other Protected Veteran includes any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service in a war, campaign or expedition in which a campaign badge has been authorized under laws administered by the Department of Defense. 
  • An Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran includes any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which a service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
  • A Recently Separated Veteran includes any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty.
  • An Individual with a Disability
    •  Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities; or has a record of such an impairment; or
    • Is regarded as having such an impairment.

If you qualify, we invite you to identify yourself.  Submission of this information is voluntary and your decision not to provide such information will not subject you to discharge or to any other disciplinary action.  You may submit this information now or at any time in the future.  All information obtained shall be kept confidential, with the following exceptions:

  • Supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restrictions on work duties, and reasonable accommodations
  • First aid and safety personnel may be informed if a condition might require emergency treatment
  • Government officials investigating compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974 shall be informed.

It would assist us if you tell us about:

  1. Any special methods, skills and procedures which qualify you for positions that you might not otherwise be able to do because of your disability so that you will be considered for a position of that kind.
  2. The accommodations we could make which would enable you to perform the job properly and safely, including special equipment, changes in the physical layout of the job, elimination of certain duties relating to the job, or other accommodations.

Employees who would like to be considered or who allege that a violation of this Act, under one of the Lab's Affirmative Action programs for persons with a disability, special disabled veterans, Vietnam Era veterans or "other" veterans, should contact their manager or Rosa Palmore, Senior Diversity Coordinator, Bldg. 185A, telephone x2703, e-mail:

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Last Modified: March 26, 2012
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