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October 9, 2020

DOL Releases FAQ’s Addressing Diversity and Inclusion Executive Order and the Impact on Federal Contractors

On September 22, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950, “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” The Executive Order sets forth the policy of the United States “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating” and prohibits federal contractors from inculcating such views in their employees in workplace diversity and inclusion training.

While this rule change must go through the public comment and review process, the Department of Labor has established a whistleblower hotline to facilitate reports of any non-compliance by federal contractors with the Trump administration's recent ban on certain employee diversity and inclusion training.

This week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued its first round of FAQ’s on this topic to assist employers’ compliance with the EO. The FAQ’s provide examples of race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating, what will happen if a complaint is filed, as well as how to file a complaint.

The FAQ’s can be found here.


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