Equal Opportunity - Title VI

Program Plans

WSDOT Title VI Program Plan (pdf 1.5 mb)

WSDOT Limited English Proficiency Access Plan (pdf 1.2 mb)

Community Engagement Plan (pdf 2 mb)

What is Title VI?

It is the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) policy (pdf 250 kb) to assure 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 be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator at (360) 705-7090 or file a complaint.

English Title VI Notice to Public, Español-Spanish Notificación de Titulo VI al Público, 한국어-Korean 제6조 관련 공지사항, русский​-Russian Раздел VI Общественное заявление, tiếng Việt-Vietnamese Thông báo Khoản VI dành cho công chúng, اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ-Arabic العنوان 6 إشعار للجمهور (pdf 347 kb)

Title VI Discrimination Complaints Procedure - Complaint Processing Instructions (pdf 111kb)

The Title VI Discrimination Complaints Procedure is a mechanism to resolve grievances, remedy discrimination and improve program delivery and services.And person/s who believes they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination (denied the benefits of, access to, or participation in the programs and activities of WSDOT) based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, income or Limited English Proficiency in programs, activities, or services of WSDOT or organizations funded through WSDOT may file a complaint. The complaint may be filed by the individual or his/her representative. A complaint must be filed no later than 180 days after the date of the alleged discrimination, unless extended by WSDOT.

Title VI Complaint Form-English (pdf 109 kb), የርዕስ VI ቅሬታ ቅፅ  አማርኛ-Amharic (pdf 203 kb),  نموذج شكوى الباب السادس  اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ-Arabic (pdf 164 kb), 第 VI 章相關事宜投訴表 中文繁體-Chinese (pdf 438 kb), فرم شکایت بند الفارسية-Farsi (pdf 179 kb), Formulaire de plainte en vertu du Titre VI français-French (pdf 91 kb), タイトル VI 苦情処理書式 日本語-Japanese (pdf 544 kb), ទ្រមង់�ក្យបណ� ឹងៃនចំណងេជើង VI ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា-Khmer (pdf 203 kb), 타이틀 VI 민원 양식  한국어-Korean (pdf 376 kb),ਜੇਕਰ ਤੁਹਾਨੰ ੂ ਲੱਗਦਾ ਹੋ ਿਕ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਨਾਲ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਜਾਤ, ਰਗੰ , ਜਾਂ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ ਮਲੂ (ਿਜਸ ਿਵੱਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ-Punjabi (pdf 219 kb), Foomka Dacwada Title VI (Qodobka VI) Af‑soomaali -Somali (pdf 114 kb), Formulario de queja del Título VI  Español-Spanish (pdf 87 kb), Form ng Reklamo ng Titulo VI  Tagalog-Tagolog (pdf 117 kb),  తెలుగు -Telugu (pdf 221 kb), Форма скарги за розділом VI  Українська-Ukrainian (pdf 188 kb), عنوان VI شکایت کا فارم   ُردُو-Urdu (pdf 132 kb),Biểu Mẫu Khiếu Nại Theo Điều VI  tiếng Việt-Vietnamese (pdf 151 kb).

What does Title VI do?

  • Prohibits entities from denying a protected individual any service, financial aid, or other benefit under the covered programs and activities.
  • Prohibits entities from providing services or benefits to some individuals that are different from or inferior (in either quantity or quality) to those benefits provided to others.Prohibits segregation or separate treatment in any manner related to receiving program benefits or services.
  • Prohibits entities from imposing different standards or conditions as prerequisites for serving individuals.
  • Encourages the participation of minorities as members of planning or advisory bodies for programs receiving Federal funds.
  • Prohibits discriminatory activity in a facility built in whole or part with Federal funds.
  • Requires information and services to be provided in languages other than English when significant numbers of potential beneficiaries have limited English speaking ability.
  • Requires entities to notify the entire eligible population about programs.
  • Prohibits locating facilities in a way that would limit or impede access to a federally funded service or benefit.Requires assurance of nondiscrimination in the purchasing of services.

What "Programs or Activities" are covered by Title VI?

Title VI applies to discrimination throughout an agency, not just to actions involving the Federally assisted program. If an agency receives any Federal financial assistance for any program or activity, the entire agency is required to comply with Title VI, not just the particular program.

Who must comply?

  • State and local government agencies distributing Federal assistance
  • College, universities, or other post-secondary institutions
  • Local educational agencies or systems of vocational education, or other school systems
  • Entire corporations, partnerships, or other private organizations, or a sole proprietorship
  • Entire private organizations in education, housing, healthcare, etc.
  • Entire plant or private corporations or other organizations that are geographically separate facilities and to which Federal financial assistance is extended

Sub recipients/Contractors/Consultants/MPOs & Partners

Sub recipients of Federal funds that flow through WSDOT are required to designate a Title VI Coordinator to receive complaints of discrimination filed against their organization by the public.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

This material can be made available in an alternate format by emailing the Office of Equal Opportunity at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA(4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.


WSDOT Internal Procedures for Translation Services (pdf 135 kb)

Title VI Program Information Brochure (pdf 190 kb)

Title VI Program Information Tri-Fold Brochure (pdf 134 kb)

WSDOT Limited English Proficiency Access Fact Sheet (pdf 467 kb)

WSDOT Limited English Proficiency site 

Title VI Public Involvement Form Example - Subrecipient (pdf 323 kb)

Title VI Public Involvement Form Example - Direct Recipient (pdf 99 kb)

The following Federal Laws and Executive Orders expand the Title VI nondiscrimination mandate:

The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987
This act clarified the definition of "programs and activities" covered by the nondiscrimination provisions of civil rights statutes. The revised definition states that discrimination is prohibited throughout an entire agency or institution, if any part of that agency receives Federal financial assistance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, school, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of this law is to make sure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA has five titles that relate to different areas of public life.

Environmental Justice (EJ)
Executive Order 12898 seeks to avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations, and to ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
Executive Order 13166 ensures individuals whose first language is not English and have a limited capacity to read, write or understand English are provided meaningful access to programs, information and services by any entity receiving Federal funding.