Equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in programs and services
Our vision: A diverse, high-performing workplace that is respectful, inclusive and representative of our customer base.
The Employment Security Department and WorkSource are equal opportunity employers/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Information on reasonable accommodation is available for unemployment-benefits customers with disabilities.
Equal opportunity is the law
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; or 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 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 the recipient's equal opportunity officer (PDF, updated 11-19-19), or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose;
Civil Rights Center (CRC)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW Room N-4123
Washington, DC 20210
electronically as directed on the CRC website at www.dol.gov/crc.
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 may file a complaint with CRC before receiving that Notice. 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.
Equal opportunity and nondiscrimination complaint process
If you have questions regarding discrimination complaint matters in which WorkSource Washington or the Employment Security Department are a party, you may contact your local equal opportunity officer (PDF, updated 11-19-2019).
If you wish to file or inquire about filing a discrimination complaint in which WorkSource Washington or the Employment Security Department have not been a party, please contact:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Washington State Human Rights Commission
- The WorkSource Washington Discrimination-Complaint Processing Policy (PDF 358 KB)
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Policy #3450
This document explains the discrimination complaint process for discrimination complaints filed regarding WorkSource Washington WIA service delivery (examples of these programs are: Adult Program; In-School and Out-of-School Youth Programs; Dislocated Worker Program; etc.) Complaint forms in English and Spanish are included.
- The Employment Security Department Discrimination-Complaint Processing Policy (PDF 101 KB)
ESD Policy #0013
This document explains the discrimination complaint process for discrimination complaints filed regarding the Employment Security Department and its program delivery (Examples of these programs are: Job Seeker Program; Unemployment Insurance services, including Commissioner Approved Training; WorkFirst Program; Corrections Clearing House; Trade Act Program; etc.). Complaint forms in English and Spanish are included.
- Equal opportunity posters (all files PDF): English, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Listen to an audio version of the equal opportunity poster, in English and in Spanish.
- Nondiscrimination Plan (PDF)