2002 Leadership Challenges on Employment Policy

Audio Conference Series - May 23, 2002

Section 188 - Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

Featured speakers:

Moderator: Michael Morris
Director, RRTC on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities

Gregory T. Shaw
Chief, Office of External Enforcement, Civil Rights Center
U.S. Department of Labor

Evelyn Rodrigues (invited)
Department of Employment Security, Washington State

Robert Silverstein
Director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy

Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) prohibits discrimination on the grounds of disability, as well as race, color, religion, sex, age, and national origin. Discriminatory actions prohibited by the final regulations issued on November 12, 1999 include denying an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in or benefit from services or training offered through the workforce development system; affording an opportunity that is not equal to those afforded to others; or providing different, segregated, or separate opportunity to individuals with disabilities that is not as effective as those provided to others. In addition, individuals with disabilities must be provided reasonable accommodations with regard to benefits, services, training, and employment assistance that is made available through One-Stop Centers.

Each state is required to submit to the Civil Rights Center of the U.S. Department of Labor, a written plan called a "Methods of Administration" (MOA) that describes how the state will meet its nondiscrimination and equal opportunity responsibilities.

This audio conference will provide an update and status report on current federal activities regarding oversight of the state's Section 188 obligations. The conference will share findings and recommendations regarding a review and analysis of a selected sample of state MOUs for policymakers, persons with disabilities, and other stakeholders in the workforce system. Complaint procedures and the rights of persons with disabilities will be reviewed and suggested strategies for systems change will be highlighted.


Conference transcript (.pdf)
Conference transcript (HTML)

Audio Conference Brochure

"Provisions in the Workforce Investment Act Relating to Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability and the Development by the Governor of a Written Methods of Administration"
Policy Brief March 2000 - Volume 2, Number 3
-prepared by Robert Silverstein

DOL Civil Rights Center (CRC)

Code of Federal Regulations

Annual National Equal Opportunity Conference 2002

State Methods of Administration Equal Opportunity Guidance
· http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/compliance/State-MOA_EO-Guidance.htm - HTML version

· http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/compliance/State-MOA_EO-Guidance.pdf - PDF version

"At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities" Web course (posted by Shelley Kaplan)

Laura Farah
Program Associate
Law, Health Policy & Disability Center
University of Iowa
College of Law