The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently published a list of resources to assist federal contractors in better understanding how to create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (“LGBT”) employees. These resources are intended to assist federal contractors in complying with Executive 13672 and OFCCP’s Final Rule published last December prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OFCCP’s non-exhaustive list of resources includes various advocacy groups and civil rights organizations, such as The Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. The list also includes a link to the Department of Justice’s (”DOJ’s”) memorandum announcing DOJ’s position that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status.
The resources OFCCP provides can be a useful starting point for contractors as they educate their workforce, particularly managers and recruiters, on the implications of these new protections. The Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13672 is set to go into effect on April 8, 2015.