(a) The purpose of the provisions in this part is to set forth the
interpretations and guidelines of the Office of Federal Contract
Compliance Programs regarding the implementation of Executive Order
11246, as amended, for promoting and insuring equal employment
opportunities for all persons employed or seeking employment with
Government contractors and subcontractors or with contractors and
subcontractors performing under federally assisted construction
contracts, without regard to religion or national origin.
(b) Members of various religious and ethnic groups, primarily but
not exclusively of Eastern, Middle, and Southern European ancestry, such
as Jews, Catholics, Italians, Greeks, and Slavic groups, continue to be
excluded from executive, middle-management, and other job levels because
of discrimination based upon their religion and/or national origin.
These guidelines are
intended to remedy such unfair treatment.
(c) These guidelines are also intended to clarify the obligations of
employers with respect to accommodating to the religious observances and
practices of employees and prospective employees.
(d) The employment problems of blacks, Spanish-surnamed Americans,
orientals, and American Indians are treated under Part 60-2 of this
chapter and under other regulations and procedures implementing the
requirements of Executive Order 11246, as amended. Accordingly, the
remedial provisions of Sec. 60-50.2(b) shall not be applicable to the
employment problems of these groups.
(e) Nothing contained in this Part 60-50 is intended to supersede or
otherwise limit the exemption set forth in Sec. 60-1.5(a)(5) of this
chapter for contracts with certain educational institutions.