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New sex discrimination rules proposed for federal contractors

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposal for new rules clarifying federal contractors’ requirements to prohibit sex discrimination.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has not revised its existing sex discrimination guidelines since they were adopted in 1970. Since then, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sex discrimination, has been amended many times.

Federal contractors employ about 65 million Americans.

The proposed rules would update OFCCP guidelines to reflect increased workforce participation by women.

It would also address barriers to equal opportunity that many women face in the workplace today, including pay discrimination, sexual harassment, failure to provide workplace accommodations for pregnancy and gender identity and family caregiving discrimination.

Read more information, including the text of the proposed rule, at the DOL's website. Business interests and the public have until March 31 to provide comments.

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