- Title VI and Non-Discrimination
Title VI and Non-Discrimination
The City of Kingsburg is committed to ensuring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other non-discriminatory authorities, such that no person shall be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of any program or activity conducted by the City of Kingsburg on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by State or Federal law.
Further, no person shall be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the City of Kingsburg, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by State or Federal law.
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How to File a Complaint
Any person that believes they have been discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by State or Federal law by the Kingsburg, its contractors, consultants or any other party that acts on behalf of the City may file a Title VI complaint by completing and submitting the City’s Title VI Complaint Form which can be found displayed in the City Hall lobby, located at 1401 Draper St in Kingsburg. The form can also be obtained online in English or Spanish.
Lastly, you can call the City of Kingsburg at (559) 897-5821 to request a form by mail.
The City’s Title VI Coordinator processes complaints received no more than 180 days after the alleged incident. The Title VI Coordinator will only process complaints that are complete, which include at a minimum, the following:
- Complainant’s contact information
- Date of alleged act of discrimination
- Details of the alleged discrimination
- The complainant’s signature
Once the Title VI complaint is received, the Title VI Coordinator will forward the complaint to Caltrans, to be submitted to the FHWA Division Office. The Title VI Coordinator will also begin processing the complaint by entering said complaint into the City’s Title VI Discrimination Complaint Log, and conducting an internal investigation. Once a finding has been determined/received, the City’s Title VI Coordinator will provide said finding to the complainant within ten business days via letter and/or email.
Complaints Processed Under the Federal Highway Administration
Title VI complaints filed with Caltrans in which Caltrans is named as the Respondent will be forwarded to the FHWA Division Office. The Complainant will receive an acknowledgement letter informing them that the complaint has been received and forwarded to the FHWA.
Per the FHWA Guidance Memorandum, Processing of Title VI Complaints, dated June 13, 2018, all Title VI complaints received by a sub-recipient (City of Kingsburg) are to be forwarded to Caltrans to be submitted to FHWA Division Office. Complaints should be sent within one business day of receipt via email to Title.VI@dot.ca.gov. If Headquarters Office of Civil Rights (HCR) determines a Title VI complaint against a sub-recipient can be investigated by Caltrans, HCR may delegate the task of investigating the complaint to Caltrans.
Caltrans OCR Investigation Process
If OCR is delegated the responsibility of performing an investigation, OCR has 90 days to investigate the complaint. If additional time is needed, OCR will call the Complainant and inform them.
If more information is needed to resolve the case, the OCR investigator may contact the Complainant. The Complainant has ten business days from the date of the letter to send the requested information to the investigator assigned to the case.
If the investigator is not contacted by the Complainant or does not receive the additional information within ten business days, OCR can administratively close the case. A case can be administratively closed also if the complainant no longer wishes to pursue their case.
OCR with consult with HCR regarding the disposition of the complaint. Disposition of Title VI complaint 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 all parties via the Division Office.
A person may also file a complaint directly with the FHWA and/or Caltrans by the following contact information:
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
8th Floor E81-104
Washington, DC 20590
California Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights
Attention: Title VI Program Branch
1823 14th Street, MS 79
Sacramento, CA 95811
Should a complaint be filed with the City of Kingsburg and one with a federal or state agency simultaneously, the federal/state complaint will supersede the City’s complaint and the City’s complaint procedures will be suspended pending the federal/state agency’s findings.