EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW
It is against the law for Northeast Missouri Workforce Development Board and its recipients, who are receiving Federal financial assistance, to discriminate on the following basis:
- If you are enrolled in a WIOA program or if you are employed as a staff person in an agency administering a WIOA program, you cannot be denied benefits or services, be segregated or treated any differently from other participants or staff, nor be discriminated against in any way 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 1 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, on the basis of the individual’s citizenship status or participation in any WIOA Title 1-financially assisted program or activity. (See Posters below)
THE RECIPIENT SHALL 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.
In addition, 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.
Northeast Region Workforce Development Board endeavors to make its web content accessible to people with disabilities and uses Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as a guide whenever possible. The website contains a tool at the top of each page which allows persons with visual/mobility disabilities to skip to content/navigation. There are also two icons on the right hand side of each page to adjust contrast image and font size that will aid users who are low-vision and those who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader rather than reading the site.
For those visitors who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP), our website offers the opportunity to change the language in which to view the pages. The button (Select Language) is located at the top right on each page.
While we are committed to making our Website accessible to all users, we recognize that not all of our pages or content may be ADA compliant at this time. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact the Equal Opportunity Officer.
Major reports and other special publications are made available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). For details on how PDF files can be translated to text for screen reader, please visit Access Adobe.
NORTHEAST MISSOURI JOB CENTER ACCESS
The NEMO Missouri Comprehensive Jobs Centers will provide program access, including communication and physical access, as required by the WIOA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each Missouri Job Center is required to maintain or easily access specific Assistive Technology including: Window Eyes Screen Reader, Zoom Text, Big Keys LX Keyboard, Trackball Mouse, Phone Amplifier, Hands Free speaker phone with large keypad, Height Adjustable Table, Tape Recorder, Large Monitor, Portable Assistive Listening Devices, and Ubi Duo (Face to Face Communication, TTY, and Relay Service). Missouri Assistive Technology
Additionally, interpreters are available upon request and provided on an as-needed contractual basis using Language Link after the customer has identified the appropriate language using the I SPEAK card. Additional equipment is available on request from the Equipment Technology Consortium, Mo Assistive Technology (MoAT), and Job Centers utilize partner agencies and other community agencies (such as Centers for Independent Living) to obtain other assistive devices as needed. All Job Centers are wheelchair accessible. Parking, entrances, bathrooms, and computer tables are available for assisting individuals in wheelchairs. These resources have been valuable in ensuring services provided to customers with disabilities are as effective as those provided to other customers.
The NEMO WDB’s monitors each Job Center and Affiliate site annually for compliance in accessibility to individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair accessible entrances, signs indicating the nearest accessible entrance, designated restrooms, and TTY-TDD or Relay Services. To ensure that all Job Center staff offer programmatic accessibility training is provided by the Local EO Officer as well as webinars provided through Workforce GPS, Office of Workforce Development, The Lead Center and the Civil Rights Center. Staff also attend Disability Conferences, EO Trainings, and Missouri and National Workforce Development Conferences. The Local EO Officer is working with partner agencies to provide training sessions that focus on program accessibility and services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
The NEMO WDB formed an Access Committee that includes individuals with expertise in assisting the disability community and other special populations with barriers to employment such as Older Workers, Justice Involved Individuals, Low-Income, and those with Limited English Proficiency. The focus of the Committee and core partners is to evaluate the referral processes and program and training services to ensure quality access for all individuals.
Partners including, but not limited to, Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Corrections, Department of Social Services, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provide information and ongoing training to NEMO WDB Staff.
NEMO WDB partnered with other area agencies to develop a Regional Resource Guide that is available to the public. This database of service providers include all of the 16 county service region. It can be accessed through the mobile app JoHego. It is now available on mobile and pc platforms.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED DISCRIMINATION
If you believe 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:
Sharon Hillard, Equal Opportunity Officer
NEMO Workforce Development Board, Inc.
111 E. Monroe
Paris, MO 65275
Phone: (660) 327-5125
Fax: (660) 327-5128
Relay Missouri: 7-1-1
Danielle Smith, State WIOA Equal Opportunity Officer
Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development,
P.O. Box 1087,
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1087
Phone: (573) 751-2428
Fax: (573) 751-4088
Relay Missouri: 7-1-1
The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC)
US Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123
Washington, D.C. 20210
Or Electronically at www.dol.gov/crc
If you file your complaint with the NEMO Workforce Development Board, you must wait either until the NEMO WDB issues a written Notice of Final Action, or until 90 days have passed (whichever is sooner), before filing with the Civil Rights Center.
If the NEMO WDB 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 NEMO WDB).
If the NEMO WDB 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.
WIOA Equal Opportunity Posters (Printable)
(Additional languages provided upon request)
If you have a complaint, please complete the appropriate form below and either present it to a local Missouri Job Center, one of its affiliates or send it directly to the Local or State EO Officer listed above.
(Additional languages provided upon request)
Annually, the NEMO WDB is required to perform an audit and a comprehensive study of the population it is serving and hiring. This study indicates any areas of concern or adverse impact to any population and allows the region to develop an outreach plan to ensure it is serving everyone equally.