Equal Opportunity is the Law

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership must provide the following notice that it does not discriminate on any prohibited ground.  Assuring equal opportunity in every program, service and benefit is essential to fulfilling our mission.

This page contains Equal Opportunity Information for customers:

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; 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, you should file a complaint within 180 days of the violation. You can file in one of the following ways:


  • The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership’s Equal Opportunity Officer, Gladys Hall at ghall@chicookworks.org
  • Directly to the Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210 or electronically as directed on the CRC website at www.dol.gov/crc.

Can I file a complaint if I discover illegal activity?

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), you have a legal Right to File a Complaint. You have the right to file an Incident and Occurrence Report if you have discovered or detected a situation such as fraud, theft, abuse or other criminal activities. You can find copies of the Equal Opportunity Complaint Policy, Procedures, and forms available upon request include:

  • Program Complaint Policy Letter
  • Program Complaint Procedures
  • Program Complaint Form
  • EO/Discrimination Complaint Procedures
  • EO/Discrimination Complaint Form
  • Procedure on Incident Reporting
  • Procedure on Occurrence Reporting

Equal Opportunity is the Law Language

Equal Opportunity (EO) is the Law contains important information about your rights, responsibilities and/or benefits. It is critical that you understand the information in this document. We will provide the information in your preferred language at no cost to you. Contact the local EO Officer, Gladys Hall, at (312) 603-7083 or via email at ghall@chicookworks.org  for assistance in additional translation and understanding of the information in this document.

Who can I call if I have questions?

For questions regarding your rights under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title 1 Program please contact the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership’s Access Oficcer via email: AccessServices@chicookworks.org or call (312) 603-7083 – Relay 711

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program, Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities