EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW

It is against the law for this recipient of Federal financial assistance to discriminate on the following bases:

  • Against any individual in the United States on the basis of race, color, religion, sex including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, political affiliation or belief; or
  • Against any beneficiary of, applicant to, or participant in programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, on the basis of the individual’s citizenship status, or 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.

Recipients of federal financial assistance must take reasonable steps to ensure that communications with individuals are as effective as communications with others. This means that, upon request and at no cost to the individual, recipients are required to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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 the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose);

The local area Equal Opportunity Officer

List of local area EO Officers (link to document of EO officers)

or

The state Equal Opportunity Officer (see below)
or
The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC) U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Room N-4123 Washington, DC 20210

If you file your complaint with the local area or state EO Officer (recipients), you must wait 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).

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 for the recipient to issue that Notice before filing a complaint with the CRC. However, you must file your complaint within 30 days of the 90 day deadline (in other words, within 120 days after the date on which you filed your complaint with the recipient).

If the recipient does give you a written Notice of Final Action, but you are dissatisfied with the decision or resolution, you may file a complaint with the CRC. You must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the date on which you received the Notice of Final Action.

Virginia Discrimination Complaint form- English(links to complaint forms)

Virginia Discrimination Complaint form- Spanish

 

For information or to register a complaint, contact:

Vicki Tanner, MPA
Virginia Community College System- Workforce Development Services
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200,
Richmond, VA 23236
vtanner@vccs.edu
PH: 804-819-1682 FX: 804-819-1698 Virginia Relay: press 711

The Virginia Community College System is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.