Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the grounds 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."
Any person who believes that she or he has been the object of unequal treatment or discrimination related to the receipt of benefits and/or services based on his or her race, color, national origin or limited English proficiency has the right to file a written discrimination complaint against Clackamas County via the Civil Rights Coordinator. In addition, written complaints alleging disability discrimination may be filed with the Civil Rights Coordinator as well. Written complaints based on protections afforded under other civil rights statutes, such as religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or source of income will be reviewed by the Clackamas County Legal Counsel's Office.
This is an administrative process that does not provide for compensatory or punitive damages. The county's process is not exclusive. That is, a person who files a complaint with the county may also file a complaint with other state or federal agencies or the courts. There are time limits that apply to the filing of complaints. Generally, federal agencies require that Title VI complaints be filed within 180 days of the date of the discrimination.