Equal Opportunity Is the Law Under the Workforce Investment Act
It is against the law for any recipient of Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to discriminate on the following bases:
- Against any individual in the United States, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation of belief; and
- Against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of the beneficiary's citizenship/ status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or his or her participation in any WIA Title I financially assisted program or activity.
The recipient must not discriminate in any of the following areas:
- Deciding who will be admitted, or have access, to any WIA Title I financially assisted program or activity;
- Providing opportunities in, or treating any person with regard to, such a program or activity; or
- Making employment decisions in the administration of, or in connection with, such a program or activity. What to Do If You Believed You Have Experienced Discrimination
If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIA Title 1-financially assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either the U.S. Department of Labor recipient, or the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center, using the Complaint Information Form (CIF) below.Copies of the CIF may be obtained by contacting the Civil Rights Center. Each State is required to designate a person to serve as an Equal Opportunity Officer, and make known the name of the person to the public. The address of the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center is listed below:
The Civil Rights Center can also provide the name and contact information of any State-level WIA Equal Opportunity Officer. If you file your complaint with the recipient, you must wait either until the recipient issues a written Notice of Final Action, or until 90 days have passed (whichever is sooner), before filing with the Civil Rights Center.
If the recipient does not give you a written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of the day on which you filed your complaint, you do not have to wait for the recipient to issue that Notice before filing a complaint with Civil Rights Center. However, you must file your Civil Rights Center complaint within 30 days of the 90-day deadline (in other words, within 120 days after the day on which you filed your complaint with the recipient).
Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by the Director for good cause shown.