Title VI Notice of Compliance
It is the policy of the City of Fort Lauderdale, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Section 324 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987; and related statutes and regulations, that no person shall on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap, or income status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination or retaliation under any federally or non-federally funded program or activity administered by the City or its sub-recipients.
Title VI Coordinator
The City of Fort Lauderdale has established a Title VI Coordinator to investigate and seek to resolve any complaints regarding participation, benefit of, or discrimination or retaliation under any of the City or its sub-recipients programs.
Kevin C. Walford
Title VI Coordinator
City of Fort Lauderdale Transportation and Mobility
290 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Title VI Grievance Procedure
The purpose of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Title VI program is to establish and implement procedures that comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as well as other related federal and state statutes and regulations. These procedures have been adopted to conform to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations, as well to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) guidelines. The City does not tolerate discrimination in any of its programs, services or activities; and will not exclude participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination anyone on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, income or family status. The City values diversity and both welcomes and actively seeks input from all interested parties, regardless of cultural identity, background or income level.
- All complaints shall include:
Name, address and contact number of the person making the complaint;
Names, addresses and contact numbers of witnesses;
A narrative or statement describing the alleged violation of Title VI, including date and time of the alleged violation and City program or facility where the alleged violation occurred; and
Any other documentation that may provide an additional explanation or identification of the alleged violation.
Note: Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a recording of the complaint will be made available for persons upon request.
- All complaints shall be filed no later than 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination.
- Within fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the Title VI Coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolution.
- Within thirty (30) calendar days of the meeting, the Title VI Coordinator will complete an investigation of the allegations and respond in writing to the person who filed the complaint. The response will explain the position of the City and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
- The person who filed the complaint may appeal the written response if it does not satisfactorily resolve the issue. Appeals must be submitted in writing, within fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of written response to the City Manager.
Retaliation is prohibited under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related federal and state nondiscrimination authorities. It is the policy of the City that persons filing a grievance of discrimination should have the right to do so without interference, intimidation, coercion or fear of reprisal. Anyone who feels they have been subjected to retaliation should report such incident to the Title VI Coordinator.
Title VI Grievance Form
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and related federal and state laws and regulations forbid discrimination against those who have disabilities. Furthermore, these laws require federal aid recipients and other government entities to take affirmative steps to reasonably accommodate the disabled and ensure that their needs are equitably represented in the transportation planning process.
The City of Fort Lauderdale will make every effort to ensure that its facilities, programs, services and activities are accessible to those with disabilities. The City will make every effort to ensure that its advisory committees and public involvement activities include representation by the disabled community and disability service groups.
The City encourages the public to report any facility, program, service or activity that appears inaccessible to the disabled. Furthermore, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled individuals who wish to participate in public involvement events or who require special assistance to access City facilities, programs, services or activities.
FHWA regulations require federal-aid recipients to collect racial, ethnic and other similar demographic data on beneficiaries of or those affected by City of Fort Lauderdale programs, services and activities. The City accomplishes this through the use of census data, American Community Survey reports, Environmental Screening Tools (EST), surveys, and other methods. From time to time, the City may find it necessary to request voluntary identification of certain racial, ethnic or other data from those who participate in its public involvement events. This information assists the City with improving its targeted outreach and measures of effectiveness. Self-identification of personal data to the City will always be voluntary and anonymous. Moreover, the City will not release or otherwise use this data in any manner inconsistent with the federal regulations.
For additional information and resources regarding Title VI Issues, please refer to the following resources:
- FDOT Title VI (http://www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/titleviprogramoverview1.shtm)
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=97&page=transcript#top)
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/coord/titlevi.php)
- Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/environmental_justice/facts/restoration_act.cfm)
- Title 23 U.S.C. 324 (http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/byagency/dot324.php)
- Title 29 U.S.C. 794 (http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm)
- Executive Order 13166 (Limited English Proficiency) (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2000-08-16/pdf/00-20938.pdf)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (http://www.ada.gov)
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP) (http://www.lep.gov)