Equal Opportunity is the Law
It is against the law for this recipient of Federal financial assistance to discriminate against 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. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation or belief, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or status without regard to public assistance. It is our policy to abide by all federal, state, and local laws concerning discrimination; and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) 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 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 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 WIA title I financially assisted program or activity you may file a complaint in writing 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either:
Martin Jennings, Director
Northwest Indian Community Development Center Civil Rights Center (CRC)
1819 Bemidji Ave, U.S. Department of Labor
Bemidji, MN, 56601 200 Constitution Avenue NW
Phone 218-759-2022 Room N-4123
If you file a 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 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 the CRC. However, you must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the 90-day deadline (in other words, within 120 days after the date on which you received your complaint with the recipient).
If the recipient does not 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 the CRC. You must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the date on which you received the Notice of Final Action.
The above notice to the public applied to the federal programs covered under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Complaints concerning the services provided by non-WIA programs may be processed differently.