Affirmative Action: Overview
A Note outlining the federal affirmative action laws pertaining to federal contractors and subcontractors: Executive Order No. 11246; Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974. The three laws ensure that federal contractors and subcontractors recruit and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. The Note does not address relevant state or local law. State and local statutes and regulations may impose additional requirements on employers that contract with, or receive funding from, states and local governments. However, the information contained in this resource will be useful and relevant to employers in every state.
This resource is being updated to reflect amendments to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and amendments to Executive Order No. 11246 (see Legal Updates, DOL Announces Final Rules to Improve Employment of Veterans, People with Disabilities, Executive Order Prohibits Retaliation for Disclosing Compensation Information and Executive Order Prohibits Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Government and Federal Contractor Employment).