This web page provides information about the District’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Equal Opportunity program. If you are looking for information about how to file a complaint or have questions about employment-related discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, please visit either the DC Office of Human Rights web page at https://ohr.dc.gov/ or the Office of Wage and Hour Compliance web page at https://does.dc.gov/node/107172.
Section 188 of the WIOA prohibits the exclusion of an individual from participation in, denial of the benefits of, discrimination in, or denial of employment in the administration or connection with any programs and activities funded otherwise financially assisted in whole or in part under Title I of the WIOA because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, transgender status, and gender identity) national origin (including Limited English Proficiency (LEP)), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief, or for the beneficiaries, applicants, and participants only, on the basis of citizenship status, or participation in a program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA.
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 with disabilities 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 either: the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose):
State Equal Opportunity Officer
DC Workforce Investment Council
2235 Shannon Place SE, Suite 3031Washington, DC 20020
Washington, DC 20020
District Relay: 711
Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123
Washington, DC 20210
or electronically as directed on the CRC website at www.dol.gov/crc.
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 may file a complaint with CRC before receiving that Notice. 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.
Other Useful Equal Opportunity Links
- District of Columbia Nondiscrimination Plan
- Department of Employment Services Labor Standards Bureau
- U.S. Department of Labor Civil Rights Center
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)