Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Notice

To Job seekers, applicants, participants, staff, sub-recipients, and other interested parties; you have the right to file a complaint if you feel that a violation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, regulations, grants or other agreements has had an adverse effect on you.

All complaints must be submitted, in writing, within one year of the alleged violation and must contain the following information: 1) Full name, address, and telephone number of person filing complaint; 2) Full name, address, and telephone number of person/agency that complaint is about; 3) Clear and concise statement of facts and dates describing the alleged violation; 4) The provision(s) of the law, regulations, grant, or other agreement believed to have been violated; 5) Grievances or complaints about individuals must indicate how the individual did not comply with the law, regulations, or contact; and 6) The remedy sought by the person filing.

The Local Area shall notify all parties of the opportunity to informally resolve the complaint. If the complaint is not resolved informally, the complainant has the right to a hearing within 30 days of filing the complaint. All parties will receive written notice of the hearing at least 10 days prior to the hearing date.

A written decision will be mailed to all parties within 60 days of the date the complaint was filed. If a complainant does not receive a written decision within 60 days or is not satisfied with the decision received, the complainant may file an appeal.

The request for an appeal must be submitted, in writing, to: Mayor's Office of Employment Development, EEO Officer located at 417 E. Fayette Street Suite 468, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

 

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 of 2014 (WIOA), or other federal, state or local funds 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 -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 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 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 local, state or federal funds including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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:

  • The recipient's Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose); or
  • The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. 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 (see address above).

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 on 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.

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