The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. WSDOT further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.
Title VI Mission
The WSDOT's Title VI Program’s primary goal is to ensure all management, staff, contractors, local agencies, and service beneficiaries are aware of the provisions of Title VI and the responsibilities associated with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We are readily available to provide you with high quality technical assistance, resources, guidance, and any other information in regards to Title VI.
WSDOT's Title VI Program is responsible for providing leadership, direction and policy to ensure compliance with Title VI and Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency principles and to ensure that social impacts to communities and people are recognized and considered throughout the transportation planning and decision-making process. Please do not hesitate to call our office for further assistance.
What is Title VI?
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the main legal authority for the department’s Office of Equal Opportunity, External Civil Rights nondiscrimination programs. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Once an agency accepts federal funds, all of its programs and activities are covered, regardless of their funding source. Related statutes and Presidential Executive Orders under the umbrella of Title VI address Environmental Justice (EJ) in minority and low-income populations, and services to those individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), women and the disabled.
What does this mean?
WSDOT cannot, on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex, either directly or through contractual means:
- Deny program services, aids or benefits;
- Provide a different service, aid or benefit, or provide them in a manner different than what is provided to others;
- Segregate or separately treat individuals in any matter related to the receipt of any service, aid, or benefit.
Learn more about Title VI
Title VI enforcement is conducted through the following activities:
- Conducting internal and external compliance reviews.
- Conducting Title VI Program Implementation training to staffs, suppliers, vendors, contractors, local governments and other WSDOT sub-recipients of federal funds.
- Developing Title VI compliance information for internal and external dissemination.
- Processing the disposition of Title VI complaints received by WSDOT.
- Providing technical support to sub-recipients developing their Title VI Program.
- Approving sub-recipients’ Title VI Policy, Assurances and Plan.
Title VI Investigations and Complaint Procedures
The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) conducts Title VI investigations of alleged discrimination based on race, color, national origin or sex, as it relates to the provision of benefits and services. Title VI jurisdiction also covers issues of discrimination in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program as well as Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency activities.
An investigation is the process used to determine the facts to support or disprove a complaint or report of an alleged incident. The investigation seeks to gather and report the truth and all the facts.
If an individual believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment in violation of their civil rights, he or she may file a complaint with OEO. All complaints must be filed within 180 days of the alleged act of discrimination.
All investigations are conducted under the guidelines provided in WSDOT’s Title VI Plan. Retaliation will not be tolerated against any person who reports alleged discrimination, harassment or policy violations or participates as a witness in an investigation. The investigator will submit an independent and impartial report with respect to the established facts of the case. Efforts will be made to resolve complaints and correct any discrimination found.
WSDOT External Discrimination Complaint Procedures (pdf 256 kb)