Accessibility and Equal Opportunity Information

Babel Notice

In accordance with 29 CFR 38.9 (g)(3), Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals seeking access to information about WIOA programs offered through the WDBSCW and its American Job Center partners, will receive language assistance in all communications of vital information.

Vital information is defined as information whether written, oral or electronic, that is necessary for an individual to understand how to obtain any aid, benefit, service, and/or training; necessary for an individual to obtain any aid, benefit, service, and/or training; or required by law.

An interpreter, as well as the availability of free language assistance such as rulebooks; written test that do not access English language competency, but rather assess competency for a particular license, job, or skill for which English proficiency is not required; and letters or notices that require a response from the beneficiary or applicant, participant, or employee will be provided to all LEP individuals at no cost to the individual.

WIOA Title I-financially assisted programs or activities or offerings provided by the WorkSmart Network are supported with federal funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WorkSmart Network is an equal opportunity employer/program.

English

IMPORTANT! There are documents that contain important information about WIOA training services, how to apply for training services, your rights, responsibilities and/or benefits. It is critical that you understand the information in these documents. You can receive telephone translation assistance of all documents by calling (608) 242-4900 at no cost to you.

Español

¡IMPORTANTE! Hay documentos que contienen información importante acerca de los servicios de capacitación de WIOA, cómo solicitar servicios de capacitación, sus derechos, responsabilidades y / o beneficios. Es fundamental que entienda la información de estos documentos. Usted puede recibir asistencia de traducción telefónica de todos los documentos por calling (608) 242-4900 sin costo alguno para usted.


Accommodation Requests

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Please contact your WIOA Title I Career Planner or the WDBSCW office for such requests.

Wisconsin Relay (7-1-1)

Wisconsin Relay is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled. The service is available by dialing 7-1-1 or by calling TTY 1-800-947-3529. For more information, visit www.wisconsinrelay.com.


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, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief; and Against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), 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 WIOA Title I-financially assisted program or activity. Recipients, as program providers, 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 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 from the date of the alleged violation with the recipient’s Local Equal Opportunity Officer.

Seth Lentz, Deputy Director/Equal Opportunity Officer
Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
3513 Anderson Street, Suite 104
Madison, WI 53704
Tel: (608) 249-9001 (voice) or TDD/TYY via Wisconsin Relay Service at 7-1-1

or

David Duran, Equal Opportunity Officer
State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
201 E Washington Avenue, Room E100, PO Box 7972
Madison, WI 53707-7972
Tel: (608) 266-6889 / Deaf and hard of hearing complainants may call using Wisconsin Relay 7-1-1

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 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 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."


WDBSCW Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Effective Date: July 1, 2016

Purpose/Policy

The WDBSCW is subject to Federal, State and local anti-discrimination laws. The WDBSCW operates as an Equal Opportunity Employer. Further, the WDBSCW expects each and every employee to show courtesy, professionalism, and prevent legal liability against the WDBSCW and themselves by practicing active non-discrimination and avoid even the perception of any prejudice in all interactions, services, and contacts with co-workers, customers, and the general public.

It is a policy of the WDBSCW not to discriminate on the basis of a person’s age, race, religion, disability, marital status, sex, national origin/ancestry, or sexual orientation or any other category protected by Federal Statute or local laws in its business activities or employment practices. All employees are required to have proof of identity and authorization to work. The Organization is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination.

To ensure compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances regarding Equal Opportunity and non-discrimination in employment and service delivery, the Deputy Director, Seth Lentz, has been designated as our Equal Opportunity Coordinator for services. Any perceived discrimination issues regarding employment should be discussed with the Executive Director/CEO. The Deputy Director and Executive Director/CEO may be reached during weekdays at (608) 249-9001.

Procedure

The Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing the administration of the EEO Policy and may act through Executive Director/CEO as necessary to carry out this policy.

The Organization is responsible for ensuring that it does not illegally discriminate, harass, or retaliate in any policy, practice, or procedure on the basis of any non-merit factor as outlined in the federal and state laws and regulations.

The Director of Administration will administer the Organization’s applicant tracking system and compiling data for required EEOC reports, ensuring the Organization meets all EEOC-related requirements, including confirming appropriate notices are posted on the bulletin boards of the various programs and sites. This information may also be used to ensure that employment-related decisions are made in compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws and this policy.

All employees are responsible for creating and maintaining a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

The WDBSCW is committed, and required by law, to take action if it learns of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in violation of the Organization’s EEO Policy, whether or not the aggrieved employee files a complaint.

An employee, applicant, or volunteer will be given the option to file a discrimination, harassment, or retaliation complaint with Deputy Director. Both parties will be promptly informed at the conclusion of the investigation whether allegations have been found to be founded, unsubstantiated, or unfounded.

The Deputy Director is responsible for promptly responding to, reporting, and/or investigating any suspected acts of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in violation of the Organization’s EEO Policy. The Deputy Director must immediately report suspected unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation the Executive Director/CEO.

If for any reason you cannot contact the Deputy Director or wish an alternative person, contact the Board Chair of the WDBSCW (consult web site at www.wdbscw.org for current chair name and phone number).

Contact

Seth Lentz, Deputy Director/Equal Opportunity Officer
Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
3513 Anderson Street, Suite 104
Madison, WI 53704
Tel: (608) 249-9001 (Wisconsin Relay Service: 7-1-1)

or

David Duran, Equal Opportunity Officer
State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
201 E Washington Avenue, Room E100, PO Box 7972
Madison, WI 53707-7972
Tel: (608) 266-6889 / Deaf and hard of hearing complainants may call using Wisconsin Relay 7-1-1

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 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 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.

Complaint Process

If you believe you have been harmed by a violation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or regulations of a WIOA Title I program or an American Job Center (One-Stop) partner program, you have the right to file a program complaint as well as request information and assistance with filing a complaint. If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIOA-funded program or activity or that of a One-Stop partner program, you may file a discrimination complaint as well as request information and assistance with filing a complaint. Complaints are accepted from registrants, program applicants, program participants, subcontractors, service providers, employees, applicants for employment and interested parties. For more information, please download the Program and Discrimination Complaint Guide (pdf).