Michigan Works! Southwest believes in equal opportunities for all applicants and participants searching for employment
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, 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, or, against any beneficiary of, applicant to, or participant in programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 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 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, or retaliation for filing a complaint of alleged discrimination, under a WIOA Title I–financially assisted program or activity, you may file a written, signed complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer:
Equal Opportunity Office
Michigan Works! Southwest
222 S. Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Ms. Naomi M. Barry Pèrez, 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 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 written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of the day on which you filed your complaint, you may file a complaint with CRC before receiving that Notice. However, you must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the expiration 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.
Equal Opportunity Statement & Grievance and Complaint Procedures
All applicants and participants of the Michigan Works! Southwest Workforce Development Programs will be provided equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all programs, activities, and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, arrest record, or political affiliation or belief, or citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or other non-merit factors.