Yesterday, September 28, OFCCP issued a press release regarding their enforcement of the President’s Executive Order issued last week. The press release can be found on OFCCP’s website and outlines information about a newly established Complaint Hotline. OFCCP is ready to receive complaints by email or phone regarding federal contractors that may be violating the Executive Order. Any employee may file a complaint regarding training programs that they believe to be in violation via OFCCP’s website, as well. OFCCP is conveying the message that contractors must not include race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating in their training programs or in employment overall.
Executive Order 13950 was issued “to promote economy and efficiency in Federal contracting to promote unity in the Federal workforce, and to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.” The order enables employees to file complaints alleging that a Federal contractor “is utilizing training programs in violation of the contractor’s obligations under those orders.”
“Federal contractors must not engage in unlawful race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in employment training programs or in employment generally,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Craig Leen. OFCCP is in the process of issuing the RFI that the executive order directed the agency to issue last week.
Contractors should take note of this development and plan their training programs accordingly.
By Joanna Colosimo, Director of Compliance & Workforce Analytics and Principal Consultant at DCI Consulting Group