Equal Opportunity Statement

It is against the law for a recipient of federal financial assistance, including a recipient of funds under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) Act, to discriminate against:

    • Any individual in the United States on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or belief; and
    • Any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of 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.

A "recipient" means an entity that is awarded a WIOA grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and is legally responsible for carrying out a WIOA program under Title I of WIOA.

A "recipient" may be:

    • The state of Arizona,
    • One or more Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIAs) throughout the State,
    • Any sub-recipient or vendor that sub-contracts with the State or an LWIA to administer all or part of a WIOA program.

All recipients and sub-recipients must ensure all individuals have equal opportunity under Title I of WIOA. All recipients or sub-recipients may also receive a complaint and must ensure that the complaint is addressed in accordance with WIOA Section 188 of and 29 CFR Part 37.

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.


The following provisions apply specifically to Employment Service operations conducted by Employment Service Offices. States shall assure that:


    • No individual be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, subjected to discrimination under, or denied employment in the administration of or in connection with any services or activities authorized under the Wagner-Peyser Act in violation of any applicable nondiscrimination law, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, or belief. All complaints alleging discrimination shall be filed and processed according to the procedures in the applicable U.S. Department of Labor nondiscrimination regulations.
    • Discriminatory job orders will not be accepted, except where the stated requirement is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
    • Employers' valid affirmative action requests will be accepted and a significant number of qualified applicants from the target group(s) will be included to enable employers to meet their affirmative action obligations.
    • Employment testing programs will comply with all applicable federal regulations.