Equal Employment Opportunity
Workforce Partnership Equal Opportunity Officer:
Equal Opportunity is the Law
It is against the law for this recipient of federal financial assistance to discriminate on the following basis:
- Against any individual in the United States, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief; and
- Against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), 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 WIOA 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 WIOA 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 BELIEVE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED DISCRIMINATION
If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either:
- Workforce Partnership’s Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom Workforce Partnership has designated for this purpose); or
- The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.
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 (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.
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 CRC. However, you must file your CRC 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).
If the recipient does give you a written Notice of Final Action in your complaint, but you are dissatisfied with the decision or resolution, you may file a complaint with CRC. You must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the date on which you received the Notice of Final Action.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A GENERAL COMPLAINT IN REGARD TO WIOA ADULT, DISLOCATED WORKER, YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS, OR THE KANSAS LOCAL AREA III ONE STOP SYSTEM
General WIOA complaints may be made up to one year from the date of the event or condition alleged to be a violation of WIOA. General WIOA complaints fall into the following two categories:
- Complaints involving local WIOA programs, agreements, or Local Workforce Development Board (Local Board) policies and activities; or
- Complaints involving State WIOA policies, programs, activities or agreements.
General WIOA complaints may be resolved through an informal process in which the complainant contacts either the service provider (entity the complaint is against) or the Local Area EO Officer to discuss and attempt to resolve the issue, or through a formal written complaint process.
An entity receiving financial assistance under WIOA may not discharge, intimidate, retaliate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any person because such person files a complaint, opposes a prohibited practice, furnishes information, assists, or participates in any manner in an investigation or hearing.
Complaints Involving Local Programs and Policies – Who May File
Any applicant, employee, participant, service provider, program recipient, or other interested party may file a complaint alleging a violation of local WIOA programs, agreements or Local Board policies and activities.
Complainants with Disabilities
Complainants with disabilities will be accommodated in communication and location. Alternate formats will be used on request to notify the complainant of hearings, results and any other written communication. Auxiliary aides and services, such as deaf interpreters or assistive listening devices, will be provided on request for negotiations, hearings and any other meetings where aural communication occurs. An accessible location will be used for hearings and other meetings on request.
Time and Place for Filing
Complaints may be filed with the Local Administrative Entity (Local Area III) or the service provider within one year from the date of the event or condition alleged to be a violation of WIOA.
How to File
Put the complaint in writing, or fill out the General WIOA Complaint Form which may be downloaded from this page. Make sure to include the following information and submit the complaint to the Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Partnership.
- Full name, telephone number and address of the person making the complaint;
- Full name and address of the respondent; and
- Statement of the facts (including dates) that constitutes the alleged violation(s).
Complaints Involving State WIOA Policies, Programs, Activities or Agreements Who May File
Applicants, employees, participants, service providers, recipients and other interested parties may file a complaint alleging a violation of State WIOA policies, programs, activities or agreements.
Time and Place for Filing
Complaints may be filed with the State service provider or Commerce within one year from the date of the event or condition alleged to be a violation of WIOA.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Equal Opportunity Officer for the Kansas Department of Commerce is:
John M. Ybarra
Kansas Department of Commerce
1000 S.W. Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612