Title VI Discrimination Complaint Procedure

A. Complaint Procedures for Federally Assisted Programs and Activities

These procedures cover all complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, including its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and On-the-Job Training (OJT) Components, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, relating to any transportation or Public Works program or activity administered by Richland-Lexington Airport District, as well as to sub-recipients, consultants, and contractors.

These procedures apply to complaints filed against a program and/or activity funded by either the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The procedures outlined herein do not obstruct or deny the right of any complainant to file formal complaints with other state or federal agencies or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

Every effort will be made to resolve complaints at the lowest possible level. The option of informal mediation between the affected parties and the investigator may be utilized to explore potential resolutions at any stage of the process. The investigator will make every effort to pursue complaint resolution, and will request information concerning the relief sought and settlement possibilities at the initial interview stage.

Any individual or community that wishes to file a Title VI complaint or discuss concerns regarding Richland Lexington Airport District’s process or procedures may contact:

Title VI Coordinator: Chappelle Broome
Telephone: (803) 822-5012
Email: c.broome@columbiaairport.com

B. Eligibility

If any individual, group of individuals or entity believes that they or any other program beneficiaries have been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI as a recipient of benefits and/or services, s/he may file a Complaint with the Richland-Lexington Airport District.

Title VI Complaints filed by an aggrieved party received by any employee or department should be directed to the Title VI Coordinator. Employees or departments who receive informal or formal complaints under Title VI must notify the Title VI Coordinator of the complaint as soon as possible.

Title VI Complaint form is available on-line at www.columbiaairport.com in the Title VI Section, or may be obtained in person from the Airport Administration office during regular business hours.

C. Title VI Complaint Process for Airport Complaints:

  1. Airports are required under 49 CFR Part 21 to forward a copy of any written complaint based on race, color or national origin to the FAA along with a statement describing all actions taken to resolve the matter, and the results thereof.
  2. The Airport must notify the complainant of the right to file a complaint directly to the FAA.
  3. Complaint made directly to FAA; Any person who believes that s/he, individually or as a member of any specific class of persons was discriminated against based on race, color, national origin, sex, creed or disability in public services or employment opportunities may file a written complaint to the FAA, office of Civil Rights, 800 Independence Ave, SW Washington, D.C. 20591.
  4. The complaint must be filed with the FAA no later than one hundred eighty (180) days after the date of the alleged discriminatory act or if the discrimination is ongoing, the date the conduct was disclosed.

Title VI Complaint Form

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TITLE VI COMPLAINT FORM

The information you provide below is considered sensitive and will be shared only with those who are considered essential to the investigation and disposition of this complaint. Do not feel limited by the space provided—you are encouraged to attach additional pages if you believe it will assist in the investigation.

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1. Please describe as fully as possible the specific facts of the incident(s) that you are reporting, and the nature of your complaint. Please submit any documentation that you may have pertaining to this complaint.
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2. Please provide the name(s) and position(s) of those persons who engaged in the conduct that is the subject of your complaint. If you do not know the name of the person(s), please provide a description of the individual(s).
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3. Please identify names of witnesses to the conduct or incident(s) and contact information if available.
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4. Please indicate the date(s) and time(s) that the conduct or incident(s) occurred.
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5. Please indicate the location(s) where the incident(s) occurred?
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6. Have you reported the incident(s) in question to anyone else? If so, please indicate the date of the report, and the person to whom you made the report.
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7. If you have previously reported the incident(s) or conduct, please indicate, if you know, whether any investigation or corrective action occurred as a result of your report.
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8. Are you requesting specific corrective action concerning your complaint? If so, please describe.
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