On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule
revising the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal
opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act (WIOA).
The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a summary of the final
rule implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions
of Section 188 of WIOA from a disability perspective.
Signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, WIOA supersedes the
Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) as DOL’s primary mechanism for
providing financial assistance for a comprehensive system of job
training and placement services for adults and eligible youth. Section
188 of WIOA prohibits the exclusion of an individual from participation
in, denial of the benefits of, discrimination in, or denial of
employment in the administration of or in connection with, any programs
and activities funded or otherwise financially assisted in whole or in
part under Title I of WIOA because of among other things, race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability.