The New OFCCP Sex Discrimination Regulations go into effect on August 15, 2016 and rescind the outdated Sex Discrimination Guidelines of 1970. The new regulations are designed to ensure that federal contractors and subcontractors do not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their sex. The regulations address many of the barriers to equal opportunity and fair pay that workers face in the workplace today such as pay discrimination; sexual harassment; lack of accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions; discrimination because of employees’ gender identity; and discrimination based on stereotypes about sex roles, such as who the primary caregiver is in a family. The OFCCP also updated the regulations to incorporate current Title VII jurisprudence to facilitate contractor understanding and compliance. The regulations also provide examples of best practices for prevention of these kinds of discrimination.
For more information about the rule please visit www.dol.gov/ofccp/sexdiscrimination.html.