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Feds Update Sex-Discrimination Guidelines; First Time in 46 Years

from Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has updated the sex-discrimination guidelines federal contractors and subcontractors must follow to avoid discriminating against employees or job applicants because of their sex. This is the first update since the guidelines were issued in 1970. The final rule — "Discrimination on the Basis of Sex":
  • updates sex-discrimination guidelines;
  • provides protections related to pregnancy, childbirth, and associated medical conditions;
  • promotes fair-pay practices;
  • provides equal benefits to male and female employees participating in fringe-benefit plans;
  • prohibits sexual harassment;
  • gives men and women equal access to jobs and workforce-development opportunities;
  • safeguards workers who provide caregiving to their loved ones;
  • protects transgender workers;
  • prohibits discrimination based on sex stereotypes; and
  • is consistent with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other protections for religiously affiliated contractors.

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