Title VI Compliance

Lewiston Transit

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the Federal law that protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their race, color, or national origin in the City of Lewiston’s programs, activities, or projects.  The City of Lewiston assures that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination.

A Title VI updated policy was approved in December 2018.  The Policy includes a Discrimination Complaint Procedure.

The City of Lewiston is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Title VI Compliance Officer 48 hours in advance of any activity or program.

Questions regarding Lewiston’s Title VI Compliance activities can be directed to City of Lewiston, Transit Operations Supervisor, PO Box 617, Lewiston, ID  83501, (208) 298-1340.

Contact for additional information regarding projects and activities related to Federal aid transportation projects: Idaho Transportation Department, Equal Employment Opportunity Office – External Programs, EEO Manager, PO Box 7149, Boise, ID  83707-1129, (208) 334-8000.

Asotin County PTBA

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the Federal law that protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their race, color, or national origin in programs that receive Federal financial assistance. Because the Asotin County PTBA receives Federal financial assistance for public transportation, the County is responsible for preventing discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, investigating complaints of discrimination, and correcting discriminatory acts, if they occur.

There are many forms of illegal discrimination based on race, color, or national origin that can limit the opportunity of individuals to gain equal access to services and programs. Among other things, in operating a federally assisted program, a recipient cannot, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, 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 they are provided to others; or Segregate or separately treat individuals in any manner related to the receipt of any service, aid, or benefit.

It is the policy of the Asotin County PTBA that illegal discrimination based on race, color, or national origin will not be tolerated. If you believe that you or others protected by Title VI have been discriminated against, you may file a complaint with the Asotin County PTBA where you believe the discrimination is occurring.

How can I file a discrimination complaint?

A signed, written complaint should be filed with the Asotin County PTBA, generally within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination. It should describe: Your name, address, and telephone number. Your complaint must be signed. If you are filing on behalf of another person, include your name, address, telephone number, and your relation to that person (e.g., friend, attorney, parent, etc.) The name and address of the agency, institution, or department you believe discriminated against you. How, why, and when you believe you were discriminated against. Include as much background information as possible about the alleged acts of discrimination. Include names of individuals whom you allege discriminated against you, if you know them. The names of any persons, if known, that the investigating agency could contact for additional information to support or clarify your allegations.

What will the Asotin County PTBA do with my complaint?
The Asotin County PTBA will make a prompt investigation whenever a complaint or any other information indicates a possible failure to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The investigation will include, where appropriate, a review of the pertinent practices and policies of the public transportation provider, the circumstances under which the possible noncompliance occurred, and other factors relevant to a determination as to whether the public transportation provider has failed to comply with Title VI.

After the investigation has been completed, the Asotin County PTBA will report its findings to the complainant in writing. This letter will 1) explain the steps the pubic transportation provider has taken or promises to take to come into compliance with Title VI, or 2) an explanation of why the public transportation provider was not found to be in non-compliance, and provide notification of the complainant’s appeal rights.

The Asotin County PTBA will offer the complainant and the public transportation provider the opportunity to provide additional information that would lead the County to reconsider its conclusions. The complainant or public transportation provider must provide additional information within 60 days of the date the County’s letter of finding was transmitted. After reviewing this information, the County will respond either by issuing a revised letter of resolution or finding to the appealing party, or by informing the appealing party that the original letter of resolution or finding remains in force within 60 days of receiving the appeal.

For further information, please contact Jenny George, General Manager, Asotin County PTBA, 1494 Poplar Street, Clarkston, WA 99403 or call (509) 758-3567.