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Title VI Program

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Additional Nondiscrimination Requirements

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, and national origin. Specifically, 42 USC 2000d states that "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

The use of the word "person" is important as the protections afforded under Title VI apply to anyone, regardless of whether the individual is lawfully present in the United States or a citizen of a State within the United States. In addition to Title VI, there are other nondiscrimination statutes that afford legal protection. These statutes include the following: Section 162 (a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (23 USC 324) (sex), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability). Taken together, these requirements define an overarching Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program. It is important to also understand that Title VI and the additional nondiscrimination requirements are applicable to federal programs in addition to programs receiving federal financial assistance due to the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987.

What is Title VI?

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a non-discrimination statute which states: "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

What additional types of discrimination are prohibited?

As noted above, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 originally banned discrimination based on race, color, or national origin. It was later amended to include discrimination based on sex, age, and disability.

Does Title VI apply to all Department of Transportation activities and programs?

Yes. The ban on discrimination includes any PennDOT program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. For purposes of the Act, federal financial assistance includes monies, education, training, and other forms of assistance.

For further information on Title VI Programs or to make a complaint you can contact the Director of the Bureau of Equal Opportunity on the fifth floor of the Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg PA., telephone 717-787-5891 or 800-468-4201.