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Equal Employment Opportunity

Federal Financial Assistance Programs

Programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities; and the Age Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age. Education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance also must comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex. These laws are enforced by the Civil Rights Center.

Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) protects applicants, employees, and participants in any WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity, and in programs and activities that are part of the One-Stop system. Section 188 bars discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation or belief. It also protects any beneficiary from discrimination based on either that beneficiary's citizenship, or his or her participation in any WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity. This law is enforced by the Civil Rights Center.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Compliance Assistance
Equal opportunity in employment for beneficiaries and employees of federal financial assistance recipients.

Civil Rights Center
The Civil Rights Center monitors compliance with and enforces Section 504, Title IX, Title VI, the Age Discrimination Act, and WIA Section 188.

Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Section 188
Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions.

Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Laws

20 USC §1681
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
29 USC §794
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
29 USC §2938
Nondiscrimination Provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998
29 USC §6101
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975
42 USC §501
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Regulations

29 CFR Part 31
Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the Department of Labor—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
29 CFR Part 32
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs or Activities Receiving or Benefiting from Federal Financial Assistance
29 CFR Part 37
Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998