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Title VI Civil Rights Policy and Procedures

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. As a sub-recipient of the Florida Department of Transportation, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has in place a Title VI complaint procedure.

Any person who believes that he or she, or any specific class of persons, has been subjected to discrimination or retaliation, by any MPO programs or activities, as prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and related statutes, may file a written complaint. All written complaints received by the MPO shall be referred immediately by the MPO Title VI Specialist, Leigh Holt, to the District One Title VI Coordinator, for processing in accordance with approved State procedures. Written complaints may be sent to:

Leigh Holt, Planning Manager
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
7632 15th Street East
Sarasota, Florida 34243
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Verbal and non-written complaints received by the MPO shall be resolved informally by the MPO’s Title VI Specialist. If the issue has not been satisfactorily resolved through informal means, or if at any time the complainant(s) requests to file a formal written complaint, the Complainant shall be referred immediately by the MPO Title VI Specialist to the FDOT’s District One Title VI Coordinator for processing in accordance with approved State procedures.

The MPO Title VI Specialist will advise the FDOT’s District One Title VI Coordinator within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the verbal and non-written allegations. The following information will be included in every notification to the FDOT’s District One Title VI Coordinator:

  • Name, address, and phone number of the Complainant.
  • Name(s) and address(es) of the Respondent.
  • Basis of complaint (i.e., race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, familial status or retaliation).
  • Date of alleged discriminatory act(s).
  • Date complaint received by the MPO.
  • A statement of the complaint.
  • Other agencies (state, local or Federal) where the complaint has been filed.
  • An explanation of the actions the MPO has taken or proposed to resolve the allegation(s) in the complaint.

Within ten (10) calendar days, the MPO Title VI Specialist will acknowledge receipt of the allegation(s), inform the Complainant of action taken or proposed action to process the allegation(s), and advise the Complainant of other avenues of redress available, such as the FDOT’s Equal Opportunity Office (EOO).

Within sixty (60) calendar days, the MPO Title VI Specialist will conduct and complete a review of the verbal or non-written allegation(s) and based on the information obtained, will render a recommendation for action in a report of findings to the MPO Executive Director.

Within ninety (90) calendar days of the verbal or non-written allegation(s) receipt, MPO Executive Director will notify the Complainant in writing of the final decision reached, including the proposed disposition of the matter. The notification will advise the Complainant of his/her right to file a formal written complaint with the FDOT’s EOO if they are dissatisfied with the final decision rendered by the MPO. The MPO’s Title VI Specialist will also provide the FDOT’s District One Title VI Coordinator with a copy of this decision and summary of findings.

The MPO’s Title VI Specialist will maintain a log of all verbal and non-written complaints received by the MPO. The log will include the following information:

  • Name of Complainant.
  • Name of Respondent.
  • Basis of Complaint (i.e., race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, familial status or retaliation).
  • Date verbal or non-written complaint was received by the CCC.
  • Date MPO notified the FDOT’s District One Title VI Coordinator of the verbal or non-written complaint.
  • Explanation of the actions the MPO has taken or proposed to resolve the issue raised in the complaint.

 

Click here to download the Title VI Program and Related Statutes Discrimination Complaint Form

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