Yes.Retaliation against any party for filing an EEO complaint is specifically prohibited in Registered Apprenticeship Programs.
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For programs registered with the Office of Apprenticeship (OA), complaints are to be electronically filed with OA at ApprenticeshipEEOcomplaints@dol.gov. You may also mail the complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor, as follows:
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210
Telephone Number: (202) 693-2614
Email Address: ApprenticeshipEEOcomplaints@dol.gov
Point of Contact: Director, Division of Standards and Quality
Attn: Apprenticeship EEO Complaints
Due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to email the complaint to ApprenticeshipEEOcomplaints@dol.gov ensure timely receipt of the complaint.Read More
EEO notices must be displayed in a prominent, publicly available location where all apprentices will see the notice. Sponsors must also provide the notice in the application for apprenticeship.Read More
Under the apprenticeship EEO regulations, apprentices and applicants for apprenticeship have 300 days from the alleged discrimination to file a complaint, although individuals are encouraged to file a complaint as promptly as possible. The Registration Agency may extend the filing time for “good cause.” The details are provided on the Inform Apprentices EEO webpage.Read More
Each complaint must be in writing and contain (1) the apprentice’s name, address and telephone number, or other means of contact; (2) the name of the apprenticeship sponsor; (3) a short description of the actions that the apprentice believes were discriminatory or a failure to follow the equal opportunity standards and why the apprentice believes these actions were discriminatory; and (4) the signature of the apprentice or the apprentice’s authorized representative.Read More