Colorado Department of Labor and Employment signs agreement with DOL to improve services to persons with disabilities

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On March 11, 2014 (EST)

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on March 11, 2014, that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to address allegations of disability discrimination by a person with hearing impairments against the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The U.S. Labor Department's Civil Rights Center investigated allegations that a complainant with a profound hearing loss was denied communication services by Colorado's unemployment insurance program by not providing a qualified American Sign Language interpreter. Based on a review of state processes, CRC determined that the program violated Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The conciliation agreement covers the findings in CRC's determination, as well as a later allegation by the same individual that CDLE's workers' compensation program had also not provided a qualified American Sign Language interpreter. By entering into the conciliation agreement, CDLE demonstrates its commitment to equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.

For more information on this DOL announcement, please go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/oasam/OASAM20132494.htm



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