What happens if a sponsor does not meet the 7% goal?

Equal Employment Opportunity

Inability to meet the disability goal, in and of itself, is not a violation of the regulations and will not lead to a fine, penalty, or sanction.  The regulations specifically provide that the disability goal is not to be used as a quota or a ceiling that limits or restricts the employment of individuals with disabilities.  Additionally, a sponsor’s determination that it failed to meet the disability goal does not constitute either a finding or admission of discrimination in violation of the regulation.  However, when the percentage of individuals with disabilities in one or more major occupation groups is less than the 7% utilization goal, the sponsor must take steps to determine whether and where impediments to equal opportunity exist and develop action-oriented programs to correct them.

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