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Title VI Complaint Procedure


The following procedures cover complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987.


“Any person who believes they, or any specific class of persons, were subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs or activities of a Federal-aid Recipient may file a complaint. According to U.S. DOT regulations, 49 CFR § 21.11(b), a complaint must be filed not later than 180 days after the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by the investigating agency”.


NOTE: City of Ashdown will keep a log of all Title VI complaints received. The log shall include the date the complaint was filed, a summary of the allegations, the status of the complaint, and actions taken in response of the complaint.


Title VI Complaint Process


1. If City of Ashdown receives a complaint, it must forward it to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), who will then forward the complaint to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Arkansas Division Office (Division).


2. All Title VI complaints received by the Division Office will be forwarded to Federal Highway Administration Office of Civil Rights


(HCR) for processing and potential investigation.


3. If HCR determines a Title VI complaint against a sub-recipient can be investigated by ARDOT, HCR may delegate the task of investigating the complaint to ARDOT. ARDOT will conduct the investigation and forward the Report of Investigation to HCR for review and final disposition.


4. The disposition of all Title VI complaints will be undertaken by HCR, through either (1) informal resolution or (2) issuance of a Letter of Finding of compliance or noncompliance with Title VI. A copy of the Letter of Finding will be sent to the Division Office.



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The City of Ashdown complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statutes and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Therefore, City of Ashdown does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion (not applicable as a protected group under the FMCSA Title VI Program), disability, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), or low- income status in the admission, access to and treatment in the City of Ashdown programs and activities, as well as hiring or employment practices.

Complaints of alleged discrimination and inquiries regarding City of Ashdown nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Mayor James Sutton (ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator), 250 N. Second Street, 870- 898-2622, (Voice/TTY 711), or the following email address: mayor@ashdownarkansas.org

Free language assistance for Limited English Proficient individuals is available upon request.

This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape and in Braille.

UNDERSTANDING LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (LEP)

LEP refers to individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English and, therefore, are entitled to language assistance under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with respect to a particular type of service, benefit or encounter.

AUTHORITY - Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) states that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Executive Order (EO) 13166 - Improving Access to Services for Persons with LEP set forth the compliance standards that recipients must follow to ensure that the program and activities they normally provide in English are accessible to LEP persons and thus do not discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations. Recipients must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to their programs and activities by LEP persons.

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