Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503), 29 USC § 793, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities and requires these employers to take affirmative action, including making reasonable accommodations, to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. Similarly, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA), 38 USC 4212, imposes similar obligations with regard to protected veterans, including disabled veterans. These obligations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
OFCCP regulations do not currently require specific website accessibility technical standards. Nonetheless, regulations make it clear that the Section 503 and VEVRAA reasonable accommodation obligations apply to the job application process, including the contractor’s use of electronic or online job