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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, 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.

Renee Cross, Title VI Coordinator
City of Fort Lauderdale
Transportation and Mobility
290 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954-828-5217
RCross@fortlauderdale.gov

You are entitled to file a complaint for any alleged violation no later than 180 days from the date of the discrimination.

Title VI Complaint Procedure

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by the City of Fort Lauderdale may file a Title VI complaint by completing and submitting the agency’s Title VI Complaint Form. Complaints can also be submitted by phone or email to the following:

Renee Cross, Title VI Coordinator
City of Fort Lauderdale
Transportation and Mobility Department
290 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-828-5217
RCross@FortLauderdale.gov

Alternate means of filing a complaint, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The City of Fort Lauderdale investigates complaints received no more than 180 days after the alleged incident. City of Fort Lauderdale will only process complaints that are complete. To be considered complete, complainants must, at a minimum, include their name, contact information, date of alleged incident, and a description of the incident.

Once the complaint is received, City of Fort Lauderdale will review it to determine if our office has jurisdiction. The complainant will receive an acknowledgement letter informing him/her whether the complaint will be investigated by our office.

The City of Fort Lauderdale has ninety (90) days to investigate the complaint. If more information is needed to resolve the case, City of Fort Lauderdale may contact the complainant. The complainant has ten (10) business days from the date of the letter to send 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 (10) business days, City of Fort Lauderdale can administratively close the case.  A case can also be administratively closed if the complainant no longer wishes to pursue their case.

After the investigator reviews the complaint, she/he will issue one of two letters to the complainant: a closure letter or a letter of finding (LOF). A closure letter summarizes the allegations and states that there was not a Title VI violation and that the case will be closed. A LOF summarizes the allegations and the interviews regarding the alleged incident, and explains whether any disciplinary action, additional training of the staff member or other action will occur. If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision, she/he has seven (7) days to do so from the time he/she receives the closure letter or the LOF.

Retaliation

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 Complaint Form

Data Collection

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.

Resources

For additional information and resources regarding Title VI Issues, please refer to the following resources:

ADA Compliance

For information about the City's compliance with the ADA, click here.

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