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Contract Qualification for TEROs


Enclosure (2)


  1. Pursuant to its mission to eliminate unlawful employment discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will fund a program for Tribes with Tribal Employment Rights Offices (TEROs) to maximize employment opportunities and to protect the Title VII and special preference rights of Indians. Funds provided by the EEOC under contract with each TERO will support the objectives and requirements of the TERO Program to identify, remedy, and eliminate unlawful employment discrimination occurring on or near the reservation.
  2. Eligibility for funding will be conditioned by the following criteria:
    1. In order to be considered for initial and continued funding by EEOC, a tribe must:
      1. be land-based and federally registered with sovereign jurisdiction over a geographically described reservation;
      2. have an enforceable ordinance passed by the tribal council which prescribes an individual employment discrimination complaint process and an employer’s responsibility under Indian preference on the reservation;
      3. have established a Tribal Employment Rights Office which currently has a director on board;
      4. have the financial capability to administer government funds;
      5. augment contract funds with necessary fiscal, in-kind and personnel support to assure performance as required under the EEOC contract; and
      6. accept contract funds without withholding indirect costs.
    2. The TERO must have met the following criteria during the previous contract period to be considered for continued funding:
      1. processed complaints of employment discrimination under tribal ordinance;
      2. settled complaints of employment discrimination, as appropriate;
      3. secured new and/or renewed Indian preference agreements from on-reservation employers or employers operating within commuting distance of the reservation;
      4. secured tribal ordinance and/or preference agreement resolutions;
      5. made referrals to employers on or near the reservation;
      6. conducted on-site inspections of employers operating on the reservation;
      7. performed reservation/tribe-wide information dissemination activities designed to increase awareness of Indian rights with respect to employment discrimination;
      8. completed an Interview Questionnaire Form on each individual with a potential employment discrimination complaint and forwarded a copy to the district office;
      9. prepared settlement agreements and forwarded them to the district office for signature; and
      10. submitted all required reports within the prescribed reporting schedules.