OFCCP Head to Discuss D&I Executive Order in Town Hall

October 16, 2020

Amid several important policy developments regarding federal contractor D&I initiatives, HR Policy Members are invited to attend an October 22 Institute for Workplace Equality town hall webinar featuring Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Craig Leen with participation by Association staff.

The town hall webinar will take place on October 22nd, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. ET.  You can register here

OFCCP has been at the center of several controversial developments regarding diversity and inclusion efforts by federal contractors.  Notably, President Trump recently issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from conducting training that promotes “any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.”  The EO requires OFCCP to create a complaint hotline and investigate the claims it receives, take appropriate enforcement action, and provide remedial relief.

As noted in a separate story, the Association released a statement and signed a trade association letter in response urging the White House to withdraw the EO.  The statement asserts that “diversity and inclusion training and initiatives that promote eliminating unconscious bias play an important role in providing a workplace environment that provides equal opportunity for advancement for all employees.”

The OFCCP is additionally reviewing whether decisions by Microsoft and Wells Fargo to double the number of Black managers and executives at their companies may be racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  The review contrasts with federal contractors’ efforts to increase racial diversity and bring more Black and African American employees into leadership positions. 

These topics and more will be discussed during the town hall Zoom meeting.  The meeting is open to companies, trade associations, the press and the public.  For more information, please contact Ani Huang at ahuang@hrpolicy.org