Final rule updates sex discrimination regulations for federal contractors

Changes encompass pregnancy, gender status, fair pay practices

Posted June 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor published new sex discrimination regulations that update the department’s interpretation of Executive Order 11246 to reflect the current state of the law and the reality of a modern and diverse workforce. The regulations have not been updated in more than 40 years.

The final rule updates the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP’s) sex discrimination regulations to make them consistent with current law. It makes explicit the protections against compensation discrimination; sexually hostile work environments; discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; and discrimination based on unlawful sex stereotypes, gender identity, and transgender status. The regulations also promote fair pay practices.

The rule implements Executive Order 11246, which prohibits companies with federal contracts and subcontracts from discriminating in employment on the basis of sex.

OFCCP published the final rule in the June 15 issue of the Federal Register. The regulations are effective August 15, 2016.


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