Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

The federal government has issued an executive order on "combatting race and sex stereotyping." The Executive Order prohibits government contractors and others from providing "any workplace training" on race or sex diversity, equity, or inclusion involving 11 "divisive concepts." This is in effect for contracts entered after November 21, 2020. For grantees, there is a November 21, 2020 deadline for federal agencies to report to OMB all grant "programs for which the agency may…require the recipient to certify that it will not use Federal funds to promote" the prohibited concepts.

The prohibited concepts are judged to be "anti-American" and "divisive" by the Administration. Included is anything that might make someone "feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex."

The Executive Order covers:

  • Federal departments/agencies
  • The military
  • Federal contractors
  • Federal grant recipients
  • Potentially all employers

Before conducting any training related in any way to race or sex diversity, equity, or inclusion, organizations should become fully familiar with the President’s Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping and related documents issued by the federal government. The following announcements, memorandums and other documents have been reported: