Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, any person who believes he or she has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice on the basis of race, color, or national origin has the right to file a formal complaint with the County. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with the County Compliance Officer within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. Title VI Discrimination Complaint Forms may be obtained online or from the Department of County Administration at 125 East Court Street, 3rd Floor, Ithaca, NY 14850.
In addition to its obligations under Title VI, Tompkins County is committed to equally serving all persons in all county programs or services without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, alienage, disability, medical condition, military status, familial status, ex-offender status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Refer to "How can I report discrimination or unequal treatment?" below for a link to specific complaint reporting procedures.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states:
"No person in the United States shall, on the ground 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."
Title VI applies to recipients and subrecipients of federal funding. As a recipient of funding, Tompkins County government is required to have a Title VI Program that covers all of its operations and programs, regardless of which specific programs or activities of Tompkins County receive federal funding.
Title VI defines discrimination as follows:
Disparate treatment focuses on the discriminatory intent of a challenged action and is defined as treating similarly situated persons or groups differently based on their protected status or category.
Disparate impact occurs when a "neutral procedure or practice" results in fewer or inferior services or benefits to members of a protected group. Disparate impact focuses on the consequences of a decision, policy, or practice rather than the discriminatory intent.
Tompkins County has a Title VI Program which ensures that all County government services and activities are conducted and administered fairly and without discrimination. The Title VI Program is part of the County's comprehensive Compliance Program and includes the following components. Click the boxes for more information.
TOMPKINS COUNTY TITLE VI PROGRAM
Title VI Program Plan: Procedures for ensuring compliance with Title VI
Title VI Administrative Policy: “Commitment to Serving the Public Without Discrimination”
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan: Ensures access for persons with limited English proficiency
ADA Program Plan: Ensures reasonable accessibility for individuals with disabilities
Inclusive Business Initiative: Supports Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) in the County's procurement process
Public Participation Plans: Guidelines for engaging Tompkins County residents
The County Compliance Officer has executive oversight of Title VI Program implementation and ensures that all County departments comply with the Title VI Program Plan. Each department has a Title VI Coordinator that assists the County Compliance Officer in providing training to personnel, collecting and analyzing data on beneficiaries, and monitoring and self-assessment. The County Compliance Officer also receives, investigates, and resolves Title VI complaints. Refer to the Title VI Program Plan for more information.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint within 180 days of the incident.
For more information about the Tompkins County Title VI Program or the Tompkins County Compliance Program, please contact:
County Compliance Officer
Tompkins County Administration
125 East Court Street, 3rd Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850