Equal Opportunity Notice

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Equal Opportunity is the Law

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 (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief; and
  • 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 beneficiary’s citizenship 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.

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 of the event with either the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose); or the Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.

  • If you file your complaint with the recipient, you must wait until either the recipient issues a written
    Notice of Final Action, or 90 days have passed or whichever is sooner, before filing with the CRC (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 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 day on which you filed your complaint with the recipient).

  • If the recipient does give you 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.

To file a complaint:

Complaints may be mailed to the Employment Development Department at:

Equal Opportunity Officer
Employment Development Department (EDD)
PO Box 826880, MIC 83 
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001
Toll Free: 1-866-490-8879 
California Relay Service: 711

For your convenience, you may use the Employment Development Department Discrimination Complaint Form (DE 8498), to complete and mail your complaint. Complaints also may be submitted to EDD by email at EEOmail@edd.ca.gov.

Complaints may also be sent to the Civil Rights Center of the Department of Labor at:

The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW
Room N-4123
Washington, DC 20210

More Information on how to file can be found on the CRC website.

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