OFCCP Publishes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Fact Sheet

Detroit SHRM


By: Karen L. Piper


To publicize the rights of applicants and employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to work in an environment free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) has issued a new Worker Fact Sheet.  The Fact Sheet can be downloaded from http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/factsheets/.

The Fact Sheet states employees are entitled to be free from harassment, demotion, termination, lesser wages, and less favorable treatment because of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Specifically, a federal contractor cannot:

  • Ask employees or job applicants for any information or identification that they do not ask for from all other employees or job applicants, including medical information related to their gender identity;
  • Refuse employees and job applicants the ability to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity;
  • Harass employees and job applicants because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • Deny lawfully married same-sex spouses the same benefits they provide to opposite-sex spouses; or
  • Deny same-sex partners in civil unions or domestic partnerships the same benefits they provide to heterosexual partners in such relationships.

The Fact Sheet also provides information on how to file a complaint with the OFCCP or EEOC.

If you have questions about whether your organization is a federal contractor or subcontractor, contact the author or other experienced employment counsel.

This article was written by Karen L. Piper, who is Secretary of the Board of Detroit SHRM, a member of its Legal Affairs Committee, and a Member of the law firm of Bodman PLC, located in its Troy MI office. She can be reached at (248) 743-6025 or kpiper@bodmanlaw.com.

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Magazine names Plunkett Cooney national ‘Go-To’ firm for litigation

Plunkett CooneyBloomfield Hills, MI — For the third consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been named by American Lawyer Media (ALM) as a “Go-To” law firm in the area of litigation for companies ranking among the Fortune 500.

Law firms on the Go-To list are determined by the “Who Represents Corporate America” feature that appears annually in Corporate Counsel magazine. Each fall, the publishers of Corporate Counsel magazine choose a select group of firms as Go-To Law Firms® for the Top 500 companies.

Firms are chosen based on data obtained from ALM Legal Intelligence searches in public records such as Lexis CourtLink, as well as searches in PACER, a service that provides online access to U.S. appellate, district and bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide. This research determines which law firms represent America’s largest corporations in key litigation areas, including contract litigation, tort litigation and labor and employment law, among many others.

The 2015 Go-To Law Firms® were featured in ALM’s In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies, a directory of the legal representation of the corporate elite. This directory was distributed to over 20,000 general counsel across the nation, including all subscribers of Corporate Counsel magazine. 

Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm’s litigation services include appellate law, business litigation, construction law, environmental liability, healthcare law, insurance law, labor and employment law, marine liability, motor vehicle liability, medical malpractice, municipal liability, product liability, professional liability, title insurance and workers’ compensation.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014. Plunkett Cooney has also received several awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry. 

For more information about Plunkett Cooney named as a Go-To Law firm, contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.