The purpose of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is to prohibit programs that receive federal funds from discriminating against participants on the basis of race, color or national origin.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as codified in 42 U.S.C. 2000d, 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.
The intent of the law is to ensure that all persons, regardless of their race, color or national origin, are allowed to participate in these federally funded programs. To ensure that the department meets its compliance responsibility, procedures have been established to provide for monitoring of Title VI compliance, activities and complaint processing in programs, directly or indirectly responsible to the department (i.e., the department’s own programs, contracted services, and departmentally-funded community service organizations, all of which receive federal/state funding in whole or in part).
At the July 20, 2011 Board of Commission meeting the Title VI Non-Discrimination Policy (600-71) was approved. The purpose of this policy is to articulate Fulton County’s commitment to fully comply with all Non-Discrimination provisions pursuant to Title VI of the Civil rights Act of 1964.
Title VI Notice to the Public
U.S. Department of Justice regulations, 28 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 42.405, Public Dissemination of Title VI Information, require recipients of Federal financial assistance to publish or broadcast program information in the news media. Advertisements must state that the program is an equal opportunity program and/or indicate that Federal law prohibits discrimination. Additionally, reasonable steps shall be taken to publish information in languages understood by the population eligible to be served or likely to be directly affected by the program. Following is the public notice used by the Fulton County Government (“County”).
Fulton County Government hereby gives public notice that it is the policy of the County to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statues and regulations in all programs and activities. It is our policy that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any of our programs or activities.
Any person who believes they have been subjected to unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint must be filed in writing or in person with Fulton County Government, Title VI Coordinator, within one hundred-eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory action. Title VI Discrimination Complaint Forms may be obtained from the Equal Opportunity Division by calling (404) 612-3735.