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Executive Order 11246

Executive Order 11246 (E.O. 11246) prohibits certain federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This E.O. applies to federal contractors and subcontractors and to federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in government business in one year. The Executive Order also requires covered government contractors to take affirmative action to insure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of employment.

The Employment Standards Administration’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) administers and enforces E.O. 11246.

Poster Requirements

Contractors and subcontractors who hold a single federal contract or subcontract in excess of $10,000 or who hold contracts or subcontracts with the federal government in any 12-month period that have a total value of more than $10,000 are required to post the EEO notice, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law (PDF)(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm). Federal contractors and subcontractors who (1) hold government bills of lading; (2) serve as a depository of federal funds in any amount; or (3) act as issuing and paying agents for U.S. savings bonds and notes must also post the EEO notice.

The notice must be posted in conspicuous places available to employees and applicants for employment and representatives of each labor union with which the covered contractor or subcontractor has a collective bargaining agreement, such as, the personnel office, work-out facility, lunchroom, or company bulletin board. There is no particular size requirement.

The notice is also available in Spanish(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeosp.pdf) and Chinese(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost(chinese).pdf).  Posting of the notice in languages other than English is not required.

OFCCP recognizes that there are differences between its poster and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) poster(http://www.eeoc.gov/posterform.html). Despite these differences, both posters are accepted as valid by OFCCP and EEOC.

DOL Contacts

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/)
E-mail: OFCCP-Public@dol.gov
Tel: 1-866-4USADOL (1-866-487-2365) or 1-800-397-6251; TTY: 1-877-889-5627


EEOC Poster Requirement

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws cover all private employers, state and local governments, and education institutions that employ 15 or more individuals. These laws also cover private and public employment agencies, labor organizations, and joint labor management committees controlling apprenticeship and training.

Poster Requirements

Employers with 15 or more employees must post one of two equal opportunity posters: either the EEOC poster, or the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP )“Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster”. Both posters are accepted as valid by OFCCP and the EEOC.  The notice must be posted prominently, where it can be readily seen by employees and applicants for employment, e.g., personnel office, work-out facility, lunchroom, or company bulletin board.  There is no particular size requirement.

The OFCCP poster is also available in Spanish and Chinese. Posting of the notice in other languages is not required.

DOL Contacts

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/)
E-mail: OFCCP-Public@dol.gov
Tel: 1-866-4USADOL (1-866-487-2365) or 1-800-397-6251; TTY: 1-877-889-5627


The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 503

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503) prohibits discrimination and requires certain employers to take affirmative action to hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals with disabilities. This Act applies to all federal contracts or subcontracts that exceed $10,000. All contractors and subcontractors with covered contracts must include a specific equal opportunity clause in each of their nonexempt contracts and subcontracts.

The Employment Standards Administration's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)  administers and enforces Section 503.

Poster Requirements

Contractors and subcontractors who have a covered federal contract or subcontract are required to post the EEO notice, “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster”(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm). The notice must be posted prominently, where it can be readily seen by employees and applicants for employment, (e.g., personnel office, work-out facility, lunchroom, or company bulletin board). There is no particular size requirement.

The notice is also available in Spanish(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeosp.pdf) and Chinese(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost(chinese).pdf). Posting of the notice in languages other than English is not required.

OFCCP recognizes that there are differences between its poster and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) poster(http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/poster.cfm). Despite these differences, both posters are accepted as valid by OFCCP and the EEOC.

Contractors that have the obligation to develop a written Section 503 AAP must post a notice at each establishment providing the location and hours the AAP may be obtained.  Additionally, the policy statement required by the Section 503 AAP must be posted on company bulletin boards so that applicants and employees with disabilities are informed of the contents of the policy statement (for example, the contractor may have the statement read to a visually disabled individual, or may lower the posted notice so that it can be read by a person in a wheelchair).

DOL Contacts

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)(http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/)
E-mail: OFCCP-Public@dol.gov
Tel: 1-866-4USADOL (1-866-487-2365) or 1-800-397-6251; TTY: 1-877-889-5627


For questions on other DOL laws, please call DOL's Toll-Free Help Line at 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). Live assistance is available in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional service is available in more than 140 languages through a translation service.