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Workforce Investment Act Equal Opportunity Officer Responsibilities John M. Ybarra Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Compliance and Oversight.

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1 Workforce Investment Act Equal Opportunity Officer Responsibilities John M. Ybarra Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Compliance and Oversight

2 Equal Opportunity Officer Responsibilities Ensures USDOL funding recipients comply with equal opportunity and non- discrimination obligations. Ensures recipients provide universal access to Workforce Center programs through outreach and recruitment efforts.

3 What is discrimination? Treating a customer, participant or employee worse than others based on race, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, political belief or familial status.

4 What is equal opportunity? The right of all persons to receive equal consideration in Workforce Center programs regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, or familial status.

5 What is universal access? Recipients must promote services to people of both sexes, all racial and ethnic groups, persons with or without disabilities and persons from different age groups through community outreach and partnerships.

6 Equal Opportunity Officer Responsibilities Administers the WIA discrimination complaint process for customers, participants and employees. Conducts WIA equal opportunity monitoring.

7 Equal Opportunity Officer Responsibilities Provides assistance with: Interpreting/developing EO policies Handling discrimination complaints Developing monitoring plans Locating foreign language resources Accessing disability resources Preventing discrimination in pre-employment practices Conducting training

8 Helpful Websites Kansas Human Rights Commission US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission USDOL Civil Rights Center USDOL EO Officer Toolkit

9 Contact Information John M. Ybarra Kansas Department of Commerce 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 100 Topeka, KS Relay: Equal Opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request.


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