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Directive:

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER No. 37-14


Status: Active

WIOA Operating Guidance : No
Subject:
Update on Complying with Nondiscrimination Requirements: Discrimination Based on Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Stereotyping are Prohibited Forms of Sex Discrimination in the Workforce Development System

Purpose:
The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) is to provide information to the public workforce system and other entities (including the "covered entities" listed in the "To" line above) that receive federal financial assistance under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and that will begin implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on July 1, 2015, as well as education and training programs or activities receiving Department of Labor financial assistance, regarding the prohibitions on discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and sex stereotyping. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals experience unemployment and employment discrimination at significantly higher rates compared to the rest of the American population, making it particularly important that they have full access to the services provided by the public workforce system, to help overcome the employment-related barriers they encounter. This TEGL and related attachments explain the legal authority for these obligations, give some examples of prohibited discrimination, and suggest ways to prevent, identify, and address discrimination.

To

ONE-STOP CAREER CENTERS (currently branded as AMERICAN JOB CENTERS)
STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES
STATE WORKFORCE ADMINISTRATORS
STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
STATE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIRS AND DIRECTORS
STATE AND LOCAL EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICERS
STATE LABOR COMMISSIONERS
WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT SECTION 166 INDIAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN GRANTEES
WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT SECTION 167 MIGRANT AND SEASONAL FARMWORKER JOBS PROGRAM GRANTEES
SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM GRANTEES
JOB CORPS CONTRACTORS
RECIPIENTS OF DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
SUB-RECIPIENTS OF DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

From

PORTIA WU
Assistant Secretary
Employment and Training Administration


NAOMI BARRY-PEREZ
Director
Civil Rights Center

Date

May 29, 2015

Expiration Date

Continuing

Rescissions:    None
Contact :

Inquiries about civil rights issues in the public workforce system should be addressed to CRC, by phone at 202-693-6500 (voice); by relay at 800-877-8339 (TTY/TDD); or by e-mail at CivilRightsCenter@dol.gov

Text :
To preserve the formatting of this document, it has been converted to PDF (Portable Document Format) to retain its original layout.

Attachments :
Click on links below to view, save, or print Attachment(s).

  1. Attachment 1: Key Terminology for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons
  2. Attachment 2: Further Guidance Regarding Forms of Sex Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals



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