Title VI - Discrimination in Government Programs and Assistance

Title VI

 No person shall, on the basis of his or her 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 pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The Mayor and City Council value diversity and welcomes input from all interested parties. Moreover, the City does not tolerate discrimination in any of its federally assisted programs, services or activities. The City of Tampa will not exclude participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination anyone on the grounds of race, color, and national origin.

File a Complaint

Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination based upon race, color, and national origin, may file a complaint with the City’s Title VI Officer:

2555 E. Hanna Ave. Tampa, FL 33610 
TTY or Relay number: 1-800-955-8771

The Title VI Officer will respond to the complaint within 30 days and will take reasonable steps to resolve the matter.  For Local Agency Programs Projects, should the City be unable to satisfactorily resolve the complaint, the Title VI Officer will forward the complaint, along with a record of its disposition, to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)’s Equal Opportunity Office, and the Statewide Title VI Coordinator. FDOT will assume jurisdiction over the complaint for continued processing. 

Limited English Proficiency: 

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil rights of 1964 and Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency”, the City of Tampa has established the following Language Access Plan (LAP) to ensure that individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) may access all resources and services provided by our offices.  An “LEP individual” is defined as “an individual who does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English.” (Executive Order 13166) Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan  

Discrimination in Federally Assisted Program

Any individual who feels they have been discriminated against in any federally assisted program or service provided by the City of Tampa because of his or her race, color, or national origin, under the provisions of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, shall submit to the Human Rights Investigation Supervisor a signed written complaint which contains the following:

  • A description of the alleged discrimination with the date of the occurrence.
  • If you are filing on behalf of another person, including your name, address, telephone number, and your relation to that person.
  • Include as much background information as possible about the alleged acts of discrimination. Also, include the names of the individuals whom you allege discriminated against you.
  • Name, address, and phone number of the complainant
  • The name and address of the City of Tampa department or division that you believe discriminated against you.
  • The name and telephone numbers of any persons that could be contacted for additional information to support or clarify your allegation. ***If the complaint cannot be submitted in writing, the complainant should contact the City’s Title VI Officer for assistance.

Should the complainant be unable or unwilling to complain to the City, the written complaint may be submitted directly to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT serves as a statewide clearinghouse for Title VI purposes and will either assume jurisdiction over the complaint or forward it to the appropriate federal or state authority for continued processing: 

  Florida Department of Transportation 
  Equal Opportunity Office 
  ATTN: Title VI Complaint Processing 
  605 Suwannee Street MS 65 
  Tallahassee, FL 32399 

If it is determined that the complaint originated from a Local Agency Program (LAP) project, the complaint will be provided to the FDOT and/or Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The City will attempt to resolve all issues; however, only FHWA can accept, investigate, and issue findings under Title VI, which is specific to the classes of race, color, and national origin. 


Public Accommodations

The City of Tampa will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability who wish to participate in public involvement or other events, with advance notification of 48 hours.
Questions, concerns, comments, or requests for accommodation contact:

Raquel Pancho, ADA Coordinator
306 E. Jackson St.
Tampa, FL 33602
P: (813) 274-3964