The federal government requires government contractors
to include the phrase “Equal Opportunity Employer” equal opportunity
“taglines’” in all vacancy announcements.
So, for example, a contractor subject to the requirements
of Executive Order 11246 would include the tagline “EOE Minorities/Women” in its vacancy
announcements. As a matter of standard practice, most noncontractors
now also include the phrase in their ads.
Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Contractors covered by Section 503 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) may refer to "individuals with disabilities" (D ) and "protected veterans" (V)
by these abbreviations, but such abbreviations must be commonly understood
by those seeking employment. According to the Office of Federal Contract
Compliance Programs, simply using "D" and "V" are not adequate abbreviations
for this reason.
Sexual orientation and gender identity. Effective
April 8, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’
(OFCCP) final rule implements Executive Order 13672, which extends
sexual orientation and gender identity protections to employees and
applicants in the federal contracting workplace. The final rule applies
to all covered contracts with the federal government entered into
or modified on or after that date.
the Executive Order and the final rule, federal contracting agencies
must include gender identity and sexual orientation as prohibited
bases of discrimination under the equal opportunity (EO) clause.
The final rule
requires that in all solicitations or advertisements for employees,
contractors must “state that all qualified applicants will receive
considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.” According
to the OFCCP, this requirement may be satisfied by either listing
all protected classes or simply by stating that the contractor is
an” “Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)” (with no reference to each
individual protected class).
Placement of ads. Federal
contractors should place their ads in publications, websites, and
media read by members of minorities, disabled individuals, veterans,
and/or protected classes and keep a record of where and when ads are