Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination Policy

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 recipient 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.

If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIA 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); 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 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 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 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.

FOR INFORMATION OR TO FILE A COMPLAINT, CONTACT:

Shirley Bray-Sledge
shirley.bray@vec.virginia.gov
VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION
P.O.BOX 1358
RICHMOND, VA 23218-1358
(804) 786-3466  FAX:  (804) 371-2814  VA Relay: 711

Auxiliary Aids and Services

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the manager of the VEC’s Customer Contact Center or the VEC Workforce Center where you are seeking services.

Virginia Relay Center

The Virginia Relay Center (VRC) provides telecommunications relay services to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Text Telephone (TTY) or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users can access the VRC by calling 1-800-828-1120 or 711.

TTY users please note: To file weekly requests for payment of benefits by phone, TTY users should call the Virginia Relay 711 and instruct the operator to dial 1-800-897-5630.  Out-of-state TTY users may use the same procedure.

The Virginia Employment Commission is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the manager of the VEC Workforce Center location where you are seeking services.

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