Title VI Nondiscrimination Program

Title VI Nondiscrimination Program Cover Opens in new windowThe Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCD) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program activity, or service that it provides. This program establishes a framework for taking reasonable steps to ensure access to all services provided by the FCD for all Maricopa County citizens, and establishes procedures whereby the department will receive and investigate allegations of discrimination.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the overarching civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, in any program, service or activity that receives federal assistance. Specifically, Title VI assures that, “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 otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance.” Nondiscrimination prohibitions have been further broadened and supplemented by related statutes, regulations, and executive orders.

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education or training program receiving federal financial assistance, with a limited number of defined exceptions;
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), which forbids discrimination on the basis of an individual’s disability by all federal agencies and in all federally funded activities;
  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, which prohibits discrimination in federally supported activities on the basis of age.

Any federal financial aid sub-recipient is required to administer its program and activities without regard to race, color, or national origin.

What does this mean?

FCD will not restrict an individual in any way from the enjoyment of any advantage or privilege enjoyed by others receiving any service, financial aid, or other benefit under any of its external programs, regardless of the funding source for the program. Individuals may not be subjected to criteria or methods of administration which cause adverse impact because of their race, color, or national origin, or have the effect of defeating or substantially impairing accomplishment of the objectives of the program because of race, color, or national origin.

FCD will not tolerate intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination against any individual or group for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege guaranteed under law or regulations, or because the individual has filed a complaint or has testified, assisted or participated in any way in an investigation, proceeding or hearing or has opposed any FCD action or decision.

FCD will take reasonable measures to provide access to FCD services to individuals with limited ability to speak, write, or understand English and/or those with disabilities.

FCD’s Nondiscrimination Program Plan and Policy may be found here:

FCD Nondiscrimination Program Plan

Nondiscrimination Program Policy; Grievance Procedures

Filing a Complaint

If someone believes they have suffered from discrimination under a FCD program, they may contact the FCD Nondiscrimination Program Coordinator to seek informal resolution. If the matter cannot be resolved informally, the following steps will be followed:

  • Within 180 days of the alleged discrimination, complainants may submit a written or verbal complaint to the Nondiscrimination Program Coordinator. Complaints must include the complainants name, the nature of the complaint, the dates of the complaint, requested action, and contact information. Complaint forms are available in English and Spanish:
  • The Nondiscrimination Program Coordinator will review the complaint and may solicit additional information from the complainant as needed. If additional information is requested and not received, the case may be closed. The case may also be closed if the complainant no longer wishes to pursue their case.
  • A complaint log will be kept by FCD containing the name and address of the complainant, nature of the complaint, date of submission and results of the investigation.
  • If the complaint is outside the jurisdiction of FCD, the complainant will be notified of the name and contact information for the appropriate agency with jurisdiction, if known.

Complaint Processing

If the complaint is within jurisdiction of FCD, or informal resolution was not possible, it will be promptly and impartially investigated. FCD’s goal is to address complaints within 60 days of receipt, though the time to carefully investigate complaints may be longer depending on the nature of the complaint and the complexity of the issue.

Preliminary Inquiry:

FCD will conduct a preliminary inquiry to determine the need for further investigation.

  • FCD will notify the complainant in writing that a preliminary inquiry is underway to determine the need for further investigation.
  • If the preliminary inquiry by FCD indicates that an investigation is warranted, the complainant will be notified in writing and an interview will be scheduled.
  • If the preliminary inquiry indicates an investigation is not warranted, the complainant will be notified in writing of the reasons why and factors considered.

Complaint Investigation

  • Complaints warranting further investigation will be promptly and impartially processed by the FCD Nondiscrimination Program Coordinator. The results of the investigation will be provided to the FCD Chief Administrator for review.
  • The complainant will be notified in writing of the results of the investigation and what actions will be/have been taken in response and a timeline to request review.

For questions, please contact:

Kelli Sertich
FCD Nondiscrimination Program Coordinator
Email: kas@mail.maricopa.gov
Phone: 602-506-2202