Title VI

Federal law protects everyone's right to participate and be heard. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 prohibit people from being excluded from participation in, being denied benefits of, or being subjected to discrimination under any program, project, or activity of Federal Aid recipients, sub-recipients, and contractors, whether such programs, projects, and activities are federally assisted or not.

As a recipient of Federal Aid, the City of Shelton must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and related laws, regulations, and other requirements, including addressing environmental justice (EJ) with minority and low-income populations, and improving access to people with limited English proficiency (LEP).

Shelton Documents Title VI Organizational Chart and Reporting Responsibilities How to File a Complaint of Discrimination
Who can file a Title VI complaint?

Any person who believes that he, she, or they, individually, as a member of any specific class, or in connection with any disadvantaged business enterprise, has been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, as amended, may file a complaint with the City. A complaint may also be filed by a representative on behalf of such a person. 

How do I file a complaint?

In order to have the complaint considered under this procedure, the Complainant must file the complaint no later than 180 days after the date of the alleged act of discrimination, or where there has been a continuing course of conduct, the date on which that conduct was discontinued.

Complaints shall be in writing and shall be signed by the Complainant and/or the Complainant’s Representative. Fill out a complaint form completely and submit the form to the City’s Title VI Coordinator. Complaint forms are available by clicking the link provided at the bottom of this section. Completed forms can be sent by regular mail or delivered to the address noted at the bottom of the blue sidebar on the left side of this webpage.

The complaint must contain a narrative description of the allegation(s) in sufficient detail to enable the Title VI Coordinator to understand what occurred, when it occurred, and the basis of the alleged discrimination complaint (e.g., race, color, national origin, etc.). The complaint must include all contact information for the Complainant including name, address, and telephone number, as well as all contact information for all witnesses or individuals with relevant knowledge.

In cases where a Complainant is unable or incapable of providing a written statement, a verbal complaint of discrimination may be made to the Title VI Coordinator. Under these circumstances, the Complainant will be interviewed, and the Title VI Coordinator will assist the Complainant in reducing the verbal complaint to writing and submit the written version of the complaint to the Complainant for signature.

What happens after I file a complaint?
A notice acknowledging receipt will be provided within 10 working days. The complaint will then be forwarded to the federal funding agency through the Washington State Department of Transportation – Office of Equal Opportunity.

The federal funding agency is responsible for all decisions regarding whether a complaint should be accepted and investigated, dismissed, or referred to another agency. When the federal funding agency decides whether to accept, dismiss, or transfer the complaint, it will notify the Complainant and the other agencies (as appropriate) as to the status of the complaint.

These procedures do not deny you the right to file a formal complaint directly with federal funding agencies or seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination. Federal law prohibits intimidation or retaliation against you of any kind.

These procedures cover all complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, relating to any program, service, or activity administered by the City of Shelton as well as its sub-recipients, consultants, and contractors.

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