Equal Opportunity/Civil Rights

WorkForce West Virginia administers a number of federal programs and services designed to assist individuals in seeking employment and to help employers acquire talent. WorkForce West Virginia strives to ensure that equitable services are provided in regard to non-discrimination and equal opportunity regulations mandated by state and federal laws as follows:

  • Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) which prohibits discrimination against all individuals in the United States on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against beneficiaries on the basis of either citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States or participation in any WIA Title I financially assisted program or activity;
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin;
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, as amended, which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities;
  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age; and
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs.

Equal Opportunity is the Law

WorkForce West Virginia is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

What to Do If You Believe You Have Experience 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 from the date of the alleged violation with either:

Vickie Elkins, EO Officer
WorkForce West Virginia
112 California Avenue
Room 104
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-558-1600
Fax: 304-558-0258
TTY: 304-558-1549

Naomi M. Barry-Perez, Director
Civil Rights Center (CRC)
U. S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N-4l23
Washington, DC, 20210
Phone: 202-693-6502
TTY: 202-693-6514

If you wish to file your complaint at the State or local workforce area, you may download the Discrimination Complaint Form. Please fax or mail the completed form to the EO Officer at WorkForce West Virginia at the address shown above. When filing with the State or local workforce area, you must wait until the recipient issues a Notice of Final Action, or until 90 days have passed (whichever is sooner) before filing with the Civil Rights Center (USDOL CRC).

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 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 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.

Labor Law Posters

As a courtesy to West Virginia employers, WorkForce West Virginia will provide a packet of labor law posters that are required under State and federal law.

WorkForce West Virginia is an equal opportunity employer/program.
Auxiliary Aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.