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: Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, religious creed and national origin), 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. As a recipient of federal financial assistance, PennDOT must comply with Title VI and the additional nondiscrimination requirements. It is important to also understand that these nondiscrimination requirements are applicable to all PennDOT programs, whether they are receiving federal financial assistance or not.
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. PennDOT's Title VI Program includes other federal and Commonwealth nondiscrimination authorities which prohibit discrimination based on age, sex, religious creed, disability, limited English proficiency and low-income.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
PennDOT does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities and has established a grievance procedure to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 28 CFR 35.149 Discrimination prohibited. “Except as otherwise provided in 35.150, no qualified individual with a disability shall, because a public entity’s facilities are inaccessible to or unusable by individuals with disabilities, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.”
Does Title VI Apply to All Department of Transportation Activities and Programs?
Yes. The ban on discrimination includes any PennDOT program or activity as well as those provided by our municipal partners and organizations receiving funding through PennDOT.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The Title VI prohibition of discrimination based on national origin has been interpreted to mean that no person shall be dnied access to services due to limited English proficiency (LEP). This law applies to PennDOT services and programs as well as those provided by our municipal partners and organizations receiving funding through PennDOT.
PennDOT is committed to ensuring that all individuals requesting services provided by the Department, including those with limited English proficiency, have meaningful access to services. PennDOT works to ensure that LEP individuals are not excluded from programs and activities by providing interpretation and translation services in a number of language free to the public. In many cases, customers requesting LEP assistance must do so in advance of any public event or meeting implemented by PennDOT.
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.