Title VI is a federal law that protects individuals or groups, regardless of citizenship, from discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. Other related regulations prohibit discrimination based on sex, age and disability.

TxDOT’s Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan clarifies the department’s roles, responsibilities and procedures to ensure compliance with Title VI.

Discrimination Prohibited under TxDOT’s Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program
Discrimination is an action or inaction, intentional or not, through which any beneficiary, solely because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability has been otherwise subjected to unequal treatment or impacts.

Examples of prohibited behavior include:

  • Denying program services, financial aid or other benefits
  • Providing different services, financial aid, other benefits or providing them in a manner different from that provided to others
  • Segregating or treating individuals or groups differently in any matter related to the receipt of any service, financial aid or other benefits
  • Denying an individual or group the opportunity to participate as a member of a planning, advisory or similar body
  • Any other method or criteria of administering a program that has the effect of treating or affecting individuals or groups in a discriminatory manner
  • Intimidating, threatening, coercing or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title VI, or because the individual has made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing

Title VI Complaints
Any person who believes that he or she, individually, or as a member of any specific class has been subject to discrimination may file a complaint. A complaint may also be filed by a representative on behalf of such a person or group.

Title VI complaints must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged act of discrimination. Complaints must include the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged discrimination. Complaints can be submitted to TxDOT by completing the External Discrimination Complaint form. Please note all complaints must include a signature.

Upon receipt, TxDOT will determine which agency has jurisdiction to handle the complaint. If TxDOT does not have jurisdiction, the complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate agency for investigation. The allegations will be investigated and an attempt will be made to resolve any violations, if found.

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