• Discrimination - Legal Issues

  • Resources to Help Create an Inclusive Workplace for LGBT Employees

    OFCCP resources on how to treat employees and job applicants without regard to their sexual orientation and gender identity and create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender candidates and employees.

    OFCCP: Employers Not Required to Report Specific “Protected Veteran” Categories

    The new VETS-4212 Form to be filed by employers in 2015 will require reporting of only the total number of “protected veterans,” and not specific categories.

    OFCCP Releases FAQ for Compliance With Veterans and Disability Regulations

    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released FAQs and additional guidance on VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations.

    U.S. Labor Department Releases Final LGBT Rule

    A new rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was announced by the U.S. Department of Labor on December 3.

    Legal Issues: Diversity Recruiting

    Equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination are an important part of the recruiting and hiring process. Career services practitioners and university relations and recruiting professionals should be aware of recent legislative changes to established laws.

    Legal Issues: Job Postings

    Before posting job descriptions and opportunities, career services staff should be aware that there could be legal problems lurking in some of the job requirements. To avoid those problems, all postings should be reviewed thoroughly.

    Executive Order Extends Protections to LGBT Workers

    On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Court Upholds University’s Use of Affirmative Action in Admissions Policies

    Noting that the University of Texas at Austin’s use of affirmative action is “narrowly tailored” and there are no other practical ways to increase diversity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled, 2-1, that the university can continue using affirmative action in its admission practices.

    New Law Protects Interns in New York City From Discrimination

    A bill protecting interns in New York City from sexual harassment and workplace discrimination was signed into law by the city’s mayor in mid-April.

    New Rules for Hiring Veterans, Disabled Workers Go Into Effect

    The VEVRAA rule provides contractors with a quantifiable metric to measure their success in recruiting and employing veterans. The Section 503 rule introduces a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their work force be qualified individuals with disabilities.

    OMB Approves Revised Self-Identification of Disability Form

    The Office of Management and Budget approved the voluntary self-identification form required by the final rule of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which covers individuals with disabilities.

    Legal Issues: Senate Passes Employment Nondiscrimination Act

    Federal law bars employers from discriminating against candidates or employees on the basis of their race, sex, or national origin. However, the law does not prohibit employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

    Legal Issues: OFCCP Releases Updated Veterans and Disability Regulations


    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released updated regulations on the employment of veterans and individuals with disabilities under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.


    Disclosure of a Disability in a Job Interview

    Even after 20 years of antidiscrimination laws and the low cost of reasonable accommodations, in the United States, qualified applicants with disabilities have lower rates of employment than the general population. This discrimination exists throughout all levels of income and education.

Discrimination - Legal Issues