The US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced a proposal to update federal contractors' requirements to prohibit sex discrimination. The recommended changes would revise the guidelines to address discrimination based on gender identity and pregnancy and sexual harassment. OFCCP's sex discrimination guidelines implement Executive Order 11246, which prohibits companies with federal contracts and subcontracts from sex discrimination in employment. According to the OFCCP, the proposed rule would update these guidelines to include a Supreme Court ruling recognizing that a sexually hostile work environment is a form of sex discrimination and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on January 30, and the public will have until March 31 to provide comments. More information is available at www.dol.gov/ofccp/SDNPRM/.