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The Illinois Department ofEmployment Security (IDES) administers programs authorized under the Wagner- Peyser Act (Employment Service) and Unemployment Insurance programs authorized under Title III of the Social Security Act. It is against the law for the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), a recipient of federal financial assistance, to discriminate on the following bases:

Against any individual in the United States, on the basis of race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, political affiliation or belief; and against any beneficiary of programs financially assistedunder Title I ofthe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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.

IDES 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 decisionsin the administration of, or in connection with, such a program or activity.

What To Do If You Believe You Have Experienced Discrimination:

If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under the “Employment Service” or “Unemployment Insurance” programs or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either:

The IDES Equal Opportunity Officer
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action
33 S. State Street, 10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603-2803


The Director of the Civil Rights Center (CRC)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123
Washington, DC 20210

If you file your complaint with IDES, you must either wait until IDES 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 IDES does not give you a written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of the day on which you filed your complaint, you do not have to wait for IDES to issue that Notice before filing a complaint with CRC. 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 IDES).

If IDES 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.

IDES is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact the Office Manager of the IDES office nearest you or the IDES Equal Opportunity Office (312) 793-9290 or TTY (888) 340-1007.