The Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group at Jackson Lewis provides specialized assistance in developing and implementing affirmative action plans (AAPs).

We defend clients against the imposition of citations and allegations of discrimination in connection with audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), as well as in matters brought on the OFCCP’s behalf by the Solicitor’s office of the U.S. Department of Labor. We also prepare AAPs for and defend against audits by state and local affirmative action agencies. To identify and resolve potential adverse impact and compensation disparity discrimination liability, we perform highly specialized vulnerability audits. For federal contractors and non-federal contractors alike, we advise on implementing lawful diversity initiatives and voluntary AAPs, set-aside, and vendor and franchisee preference programs; counsel on affirmative action coverage issues, and conduct preventive analyses during downsizing.

We also train covered employers understand their affirmative action obligations and the procedure for plan development — that way, they can update their plan annually without significant cost.