Department of Human Services
Families First Online Policy Manual
Rights and Responsibilities
FEDERAL NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS THAT APPLY TO TANF PROGRAMS
Federal laws that prohibit discrimination in federally funded programs apply to the Families First program and the actions of our contractors and service providers, just as they do other federally funded programs and their providers. An overview of the federal laws that prohibit discrimination in any federally funded program, including the Families First welfare program, is listed below.
· Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity that receives federal funds or other federal financial assistance.
· Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Prohibits private, state, and local government employers with 15 or more employees and employment agencies from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, or national origin in all aspects of an employment relationship. This includes hiring, discharge, compensation, assignments, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
· Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by employers and organizations that receive federal financial assistance.
· The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by both public and private entities, whether or not they receive federal financial assistance.
· The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (ADEA)
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
· Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive or benefit from federal financial assistance.
· The Equal Pay Act (EPA)
Requires payment of equal wages to men and women performing substantially the same work unless the pay discrepancy is based on a seniority or merit system (a system that measures quantity or quality of production, or a factor other than sex). The EPA applies to employers of any size.
Other related regulations include:
· Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act
Prohibits sex discrimination in admissions to health-training programs.
· Hill-Burton Community Service Assurance Act
Requires that hospitals or other health care facilities assisted under the Act provide services to persons residing in the community without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, or method of payment. Hill-Burton hospitals may not refuse emergency services because of a person’s inability to pay.
· Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act of 1972
Prohibits hospitals from refusing to admit or treat anyone needing emergency care solely because that person is dependent on or addicted to drugs.
· Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970
Prohibits hospitals from discriminating in admissions or treatment against alcoholics solely because of alcohol abuse.
· Multi-Ethnic Placement Act of 1994 (MEPA)
Prohibits placement of children for adoption and foster care on the basis of race.