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Capitol Correspondence - 08.17.21

DOL Announces Alliance to Promote Workplace Diversity

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an alliance with the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the national organization’s workplace equity efforts.

“Disability is an important component to pursuing workplace diversity, equity and inclusion. The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity has a long history of supporting dedicated professionals whose work advances these goals in our nation’s workplaces,” said Office of Disability Employment Policy Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy. “The organization joins our growing list of alliance partners who are determined to rebuild our economy equitably so that all people – including people with disabilities and others from historically marginalized communities – share in the benefits of our nation’s recovery.”

The DOL’s press release states the three-year alliance, established by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, will include “a range of collaborative activities and provide tools and information for the organizations members in an effort to advance inclusion of people with disabilities in America’s workforce.”