Civil Rights CenterA. Mission:
To develop, administer, and enforce Departmental policies, practices, and procedures under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Sections 164 and 167 of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Equal Pay Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Secretary's Order 4-94 and related statutes and Executive Orders which prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance; and to direct, implement, and manage the total Department of Labor (DOL) Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Employment Programs (i.e., the Hispanic Employment Program, the Disabilities Employment Program, the Federal Womens' Program and the Asian Employment Program) to assure equal opportunity for all DOL employees and applicants for employment.B. Functions:
- Advises the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management on
DOL's overall civil rights program.
- Develops and implements regulations, policies, and procedures to
ensure the effective implementation of the Department's responsibilities under
applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination statutes covering programs
receiving DOL financial assistance.
- Oversees the review of program implications of legislative proposals,
new legislation, Executive Orders, regulations, or administrative actions to
determine their impact on DOL's civil rights functions.
- Monitors, on a nationwide basis, a wide variety of programs receiving
financial assistance from the Department of Labor to assess their compliance
with EO laws and regulations.
- Plans and administers a nationwide equal opportunity
compliance assistance and
training program for DOL recipients and DOL employees.
- Develops policies, procedures and guidance for the Department's EEO
Affirmative Employment Program and Special Emphasis Programs. Manages the
activities of these programs and provides compliance assistance and advice to
DOL management on their responsibilities under these Programs.
- Develops and monitors a counseling and mediation system within the
Department of Labor for resolving EEO and EO complaints.
- Plans and manages systems for the filing, investigation, review,
analysis, and conciliation of discrimination complaints against DOL, and/or
recipients of financial assistance.
- Administers a Civil Rights Mediation/Counseling program to resolve
informal EEO complaints in the regional offices.
- Develops and implements the DOL program that ensures accessibility
for disabled persons to all DOL occupied facilities as required by the
Architectural Barriers Act. Directs implementation of Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits discrimination based on disability
in programs or activities conducted by the Department of Labor.
- Maintains information systems to collect and disseminate management
information on compliance and enforcement activities.
- Prepares reports on EO and EEO investigation and compliance
activities for DOL officials, DOJ, EEOC, and other agencies.
- Develops guidelines and informational materials to inform DOL
management and recipients of Federal financial assistance of their
responsibilities in the EEO and EO compliance programs. Develops and publishes
information regarding the rights of DOL employees and program
- Establishes and maintains liaison with civil rights enforcement
agencies, and with community and interest groups on EO and EEO matters of
- Issues show cause notices and final determinations where recipient is
in noncompliance; issues final determinations proposing sactions where the
required corrective actions cannot be secured.
- Issues initial and final determination on complaints in programs receiving financial assistance from DOL; issues final decisions on internal DOL EEO complaints.