Conciliation Agreement to Resolve Allegations of Disability Discrimination by an American Job Center in Burnsville, Minnesota

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of disability discrimination by an American Job Center in Burnsville, Minnesota. As noted in the press release, the DOL Civil Rights Center investigated a complaint claiming that the Dakota County Burnsville WorkForce Center required a customer who was perceived to have a disability to attend an orientation for a vocational rehabilitation program before it would permit her to receive services that were not limited to individuals with disabilities. While not acknowledging that it violated the law, the WorkForce Center has agreed, among other provisions, that it will not automatically refer all customers with disabilities to disability-specific services, will not require participation in such services as a condition of receiving any services that are not disability-specific, and will conduct individualized assessments to determine whether a particular customer may be qualified for referral to disability-specific services.

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