If you are an apprentice or apprenticeship applicant and believe that you are being or have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, or, as of July 17, 2017, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information, or disability, or that your program is not following the equal opportunity standards, you can file a written complaint with the Registration Agency with which your apprenticeship program is registered.
First, you need to know if your program is registered with the federal Office of Apprenticeship in the U.S. Department of Labor or with a state government apprenticeship agency. Find out if your program is registered with the federal or a state government here.
For programs registered with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (states shown in white on the map), here are the procedures to follow:
- Either fill out the complaint form, or write up your complaint in your own words, being sure to include all of the information requested within the complaint form.
- Sign it
- Mail it to:
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship 200 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20210
Att'n: Apprenticeship EEO Complaints
- Scan it and email it to ApprenticeshipEEOcomplaints@dol.gov
- Mail it to:
Timing: The complaint must be filed within 300 days of the alleged discrimination or the alleged failure to follow the equal opportunity standards. (The complaint form itself gives a deadline of 180 days after the alleged discrimination; that is an error; the correct deadline is 300 days.)
These FAQs contain more information about filing complaints with the Office of Apprenticeship.
For programs registered with a State Apprenticeship Agency (states shown in blue on the map), go to the website for that agency and follow its EEO complaint procedures. The Office of Apprenticeship will forward EEO complaints against programs that are registered with a State Apprenticeship Agency to that agency.
In addition to filing a complaint with the appropriate apprenticeship registration agency, your program may also be covered by anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or a State or local fair employment practices agency. These laws may authorize greater remedies for discrimination than the apprenticeship regulations do. Find out where and how to file a charge of employment discrimination with the EEOC here; the page for each EEOC office contains information about State and local fair employment practices agencies. Or, you may begin the process by contacting EEOC at 1-800-669-4000.