Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination. EEOC investigates complaints of job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, age (40 or older), or genetic information. If it is believed that an employer is violating the laws, they take action to stop the discrimination by mediating between the two parties involved. They also file discrimination suits against employers on behalf of alleged victims and adjudicate claims of discrimination brought against federal agencies.
A representative from the EEOC comes once a month to hear and address any discrimination concerns brought to his/her attention. Anyone is welcome to meet with the representative at this time to discuss their concerns.
The Legal Aid Society
A special first come, first serve free clinic for low-income individuals through the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Volunteer Lawyers Program. Bring important papers with you! Civil Matters Only (not criminal)
Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
The Board of Elections provides the following services to the Cuyahoga County citizens:
Parma City School District’s ABLE Program
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at the Spanish American Committee through a partnership with the ABLE program of Parma City School District. ABLE stands for Adult Basic Literacy Education. Parma ABLE provides the instructors and materials. The Spanish American Committee provides the facility, technology access, and help with recruitment. The classes are offered in both the mornings and the evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays in the SAC classrooms at 4407 Lorain Ave.
To enroll in the classes, students need to be at least 19 years of age, or have proper documentation showing graduation from high school or an official withdrawal letter. Orientations (registration) are offered in Cleveland, Parma, and Parma Heights but students can register at any location and attend any class of their choice.
Classes are taught by ABLE staff member Stephanie Schab. Stephanie has been involved in adult education for over four years. She teaches ESOL and GED, as well as serves as technology, distance education, and night school coordinator for Parma ABLE. She works on a special project that works with foreign-trained healthcare professionals and students who have a foreign credential who might be interested in the healthcare field. She is currently involved in the LINCS ESL Pro project. She loves working with students and has great compassion for any situation that her students might be coming from.
The classes can accommodate 25 students per registration session. Currently 24 students are in the program from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina, Ivory Coast (Africa), Egypt, Iraq, and India. The length of time the students spend in class varies based on their skills and needs, ranging from 1 month to a couple of years. The students sometimes become discouraged and experience obstacles such as transportation to class, family concerns, and work commitments, but SAC and ABLE work together to help the students overcome their obstacles while providing support and encouragement to continue. Already this year, 8 students have gained entry level to experienced employment due to their increased English language skills. They are now earning income and improving their skills.