On Sept. 28,  the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a press release stating it launched a hotline and email address to receive and investigate complaints under existing Executive Order 11246 as well as Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, issued on Sept. 22 by President Trump.

The order states, “It shall be the policy of the United States not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the federal workforce or in the uniformed services, and not to allow grant funds to be used for these purposes. In addition, federal contractors will not be permitted to inculcate such views in their employees.”

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.” Learn more in the DOL press release.  

In addition, on Oct. 7, the OFCCP issued FAQs related to Executive Order 13950. ABC general counsel Littler Mendelson P.C. wrote an analysis of the OFCCP FAQs, stating, “The new FAQs offer limited additional guidance to federal contractors. As a practical matter, federal contractors that provide diversity and inclusion training to their employees—either internally or by use of outside vendors—should consider reviewing their materials and training to ensure that they do not inadvertently violate the order.  For many, their training may already be compliant.” To learn more, read the Littler analysis.

The new OFCCP Complaint Hotline to Combat Race and Sex Stereotyping can be reached at (202) 343-2008 or via email at OFCCPComplaintHotline@dol.gov.