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Title VI


"No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

1964 Civil Rights Act, Title VI


The Ohio Department of Transportation strongly opposes the discrimination of any person -- whether among our employees, our business partners, or the citizens who benefit from Ohio's transportation system -- for any reason, including race, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, or proficiency in English.

We stand against discrimination for two reasons. First, because it's the right thing to do. Secondly, because we are required to under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as well as other laws and executive orders.

Discrimination Complaints

​Any person who believes he or she has been denied benefits or excluded from participation in services of any program or activity administered by the Department or its sub-recipients, consultants, or contractors on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, low-income status, or limited English proficiency may file a written complaint within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory conduct. Access the complaint form here.

Related Laws

The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973

Prohibits discrimination based on sex in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975

Prohibits discrimination based on age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance

Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice (EJ)

Protects the rights of minority and low-income populations to live in clean and healthy communities

Executive Order 13166 on Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

Requires agencies receiving federal financial assistance to provide meaningful access to their programs and activities to individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English

49 CFR Part 21

Applies Title VI to programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Transportation

23 CFR Part 200

Provides guidelines to recipients of the Federal Highway Administration on what is required to implement a Title VI Program

Enforcement Agencies

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)