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Equal Opportunity Statement

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, child birth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or 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 (WIOA), 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 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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 WOIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either:

  • For WIOA Programs and Activities:
    Lillian Patterson
    Equal Opportunity Officer
    Alabama Department of Commerce
    401 Adams Avenue
    P.O. Box 304106
    Montgomery, Alabama 36130-4106
    (334) 242-5861
    Alabama Relay: 711 (TTY or Voice) or
  • For Employment Service and Unemployment Insurance Programs and Activities:
    Tonya D. Scott
    Equal Employment Opportunity Manager
    EEO & Grievance Section
    Alabama Department of Labor
    649 Monroe Street
    Montgomery, AL 36131
    (334) 956-5835
    Alabama Relay: 711 (TTY or Voice) or
  • 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 Web site at
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 addresses 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 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.