About Us

The Civil Rights Center (CRC) develops, administers, and enforces Departmental policies, practices, and procedures pursuant to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act; and related statutes and Executive Orders.

CRC is organized into three programmatic offices:

  • Office of Internal Enforcement (OIE) administers DOL's internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint program and the Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center (RARC).
    • The RARC is one-stop-shop providing reasonable accommodation related information, assistive technology services for people with disabilities, including needs assessments, alternate format production services, assistive technology devices and equipment and Section 508 assistance to assist DOL in compliance with accessibility laws.
  • Office of External Enforcement (OEE) assesses, investigates and/or adjudicates complaintsalleging discrimination and/or violations of equal opportunity requirements by recipients of financial assistance under Title I of WIA; One-Stop partners listed in WIA Section 121(b) that offer programs or activities through the public workforce development system; State and local governments and other public entities operating programs and activities related to labor and the work force, regardless of whether they receive Federal financial assistance (for disability-related matters only); and any recipients of financial assistance from DOL that are not included in the categories above.
  • Office of Compliance and Policy (OCP) conducts compliance reviews of the same entities listed under OEE, including reviews of State Governors' Methodsof Administration (MOA) nondiscrimination plans; develops regulations; reviews proposed legislation; and provides training and technical assistance for internal and external stakeholders.
  • CRC's Office of External Enforcement (OEE) and Office of Compliance and Policy (OCAP) both support CRC's responsibility to administer and enforce the laws that apply to recipients of financial assistance under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and its predecessor, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); American Job Center partners listed in WIOA/WIA Section 121(b) that offer programs or activities through the workforce development system; State and local governments and other public entities operating programs and activities related to labor and the workforce; and any recipients of financial assistance from, or programs conducted by, DOL that are not included in the categories above.