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Equal Opportunity is the Law

Equal Opportunity
This process for determination complaints should not be used in you are appealing an eligibility or monetary determination of unemployment benefits. See the Appeals Process.

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 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 I - financially assisted program or activity.

The recipients must not discriminate in any of the following areas:

  • Deciding who will be admitted, or have access, to any WIA 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.

What to Do If You Believe You Have Experienced Discrimination

If you think you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIA Title I - financially assisted program or activity, you must file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either:

The recipient's EO Officer
Cornell Dillard
Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
P.O. Box 59
Jefferson City, MO 65104
Voice: (573) 751-1339
Fax: (573) 751-4945
Email: EO@labor.mo.gov
or
The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW,
Room N-4123
Washington, DC 20210
Voice: (202) 693-6502
TTY: (202) 693-6515
Fax: (202) 693-6505
Email: CRCExternalComplaints@dol.gov

You may download the Equal Opportunity Discrimination Complaint Information form MODOL-4519, to complete it and either present it to a local Missouri Career Center, one of its affiliates or mail it directly to the local or State EO Officer listed above. If you are unable to fill out this form because of a disability please contact the Equal Opportunity Officer.

If you file a complaint at the State or local workforce area, 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 CRC at the above address. If the recipient accepts the issue for investigation, the recipient must offer you alternative dispute resolution in an effort to resolve your complaint.

If the State or local workforce area does not send a written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of the day on which the complaint was filed, 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 original complaint with the recipient).

If you receive 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 you received the Notice of Final Action.

If you feel you have been discriminated in employment, public accommodations, or housing, please read more about the Missouri Human Rights Act.