How Do I File A Title VII Complaint or Title VI Complaint?

To file a complaint please use the appropriate links below:

  1. Equal Employment Opportunity Office:

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Title VII

    Title VII of the1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination against a person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate applicants' and employees' sincerely held religious practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business.

    As such, employees and applicants who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint.

    Environmental Justice/Title VI

    Title VI of the1964 Civil Rights Act provides "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 subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." 42 U.S.C.§2000d.

    As such, individuals or organizations who believe they have been denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or subject to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, may file a complaint.

  2. Public Works Department:

    Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency. Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

    As such, individuals or organizations who believe they have been denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or subject to discrimination on the basis of a disability may file a complaint.


  3. III. Community Services Department:

    Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency. Section 504 forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.

    As such, individuals or organizations who believe they have been denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or subject to discrimination on the basis of a disability may file a complaint.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

    Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations, privately operated entities offering certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation, and commercial facilities. Public accommodations are private entities who own, lease, lease to, or operate facilities such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, convention centers, doctors' offices, homeless shelters, transportation depots, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, and recreation facilities including sports stadiums and fitness clubs.

    Public accommodations must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment. They also must comply with specific requirements related to architectural standards for new and altered buildings; reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures; effective communication with people with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities; and other access requirements. Additionally, public accommodations must remove barriers in existing buildings where it is easy to do so without much difficulty or expense, given the public accommodation's resources.

    As such, individuals or organizations who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint.


  4. General Services Department:

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

    Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations, privately operated entities offering certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation, and commercial facilities. Public accommodations are private entities who own, lease, lease to, or operate facilities such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, convention centers, doctors' offices, homeless shelters, transportation depots, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, and recreation facilities including sports stadiums and fitness clubs.

    Public accommodations must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment. They also must comply with specific requirements related to architectural standards for new and altered buildings; reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures; effective communication with people with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities; and other access requirements. Additionally, public accommodations must remove barriers in existing buildings where it is easy to do so without much difficulty or expense, given the public accommodation's resources.

    As such, individuals or organizations who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint.


ADA Coordinator

General Services Director
105 E. Anapamu St. Suite 108
Santa Barbara, CA 93101