What is Title VI?
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities of any entity that receive federal assistance. Other related regulations prohibit discrimination based on sex, age and disability. 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.
What types of discrimination are prohibited by Title VI?
Overview of 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’s Civil Rights Division by completing the “External Discrimination Complaint Form.” Please note, the complaint form requires detailed information, including signatures.
Upon receipt and review of complaint form, TxDOT will determine which agency has jurisdiction to handle the complaint. If TxDOT does not have jurisdiction, the complaint will be routed to the appropriate agency for investigation. Agencies will request documents and information from the complainant, schedule interviews with relevant parties, and conduct site visits as necessary.
Potential Outcomes: The complaint will be investigated, and an attempt will be made to determine the proper course of action.
Title VI Resources
Laws, Regulations and Guidance