U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
(1) Inform the States of the existence of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987.
(2) Provided guidance and technical assistance to SHAs upon request.
(3) Inform States of the need to incorporate language in the next scheduled update of their Nondiscrimination ("Title VI") Plans indicating that they are aware of the scope of the nondiscrimination provisions and that they have incorporated a process to inform persons involved in or affected by all of their programs and activities of their rights under Title VI and related nondiscrimination statutes.
(4) Provide and/or coordinate training addressing nondiscrimination program requirements.
(5) Provide guidance on how nondiscrimination complaints will be handled.
(6) If a complaint of discrimination is received from a person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of a recipient, subrecipient, or contractors whether Federal-aid funds are involved in a particular program or activity or not, immediately transmit the complaint to the Director, Departmental Office of Civil Rights, and send a copy of the complaint to HCR-20.
(1) Incorporate appropriate language in updates of Nondiscrimination ("Title VI") Plans to ensure that persons affected by or involved in all of a State's programs and activities are aware of their rights to not be subjected to discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, or handicap/disability.
(2) Ensure that persons who believe they have been subjected to discrimination are made aware of the avenues of redress available to them and that they are provided advice on the process.
(3) Monitor activities and investigate complaints filed against Federal-aid subrecipients and contractors. The SHAs are also responsible for preventing discrimination in all of their own programs and activities and attempting to informally resolve complaints filed against them throughout the complaint process.
(4) Where a complainant lodges a complaint against the SHA, the FHWA will conduct or contract for the investigation or, if a class action complaint, a review.
(5) In instances where the complaint is against a contractor, subcontractor, or subrecipient, the FHWA can defer to the appropriate SHA to schedule and conduct an investigation, although, initially, involvement by FHWA may be appropriate to ensure the adequacy of the investigation.