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Federal Agency Proposes New Sex Discrimination Guidelines to Apply to Federal Contractors

Published:  January 29, 2015

Companies that contract with the Federal Government should be aware of new proposed regulations that may affect the way they run their businesses under current sex discrimination regulations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has proposed new Sex Discrimination Guidelines that would apply to those businesses that have contracts with the Federal Government.  The proposed guidelines would revise and replace current Sex Discrimination Guidelines, which have remained largely unchanged since their adoption in 1970. 

The proposed guidelines aim to remedy current inconsistencies with the law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as reflect present-day realities in the workplace.  The issues addressed include compensation discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace accommodations for pregnancy, and discrimination based on gender identity and family care-giving.

The proposed Sex Discrimination Guidelines will be published on June 30, 2015 in the Federal Register—the Federal Government’s official publication for new and proposed federal agency regulations.  The proposed guidelines are also available on the OFCCP’s website. The OFCCP will accept public comments regarding its proposed Sex Discrimination Guidelines for 60 days.

If you have any questions regarding employers’ obligations under state or federal sex discrimination law, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal LLP at (413) 586-2288.

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