Nassau County Non-Discrimination Policy

CIVIL RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO COUNTY SERVICES

Nassau County is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or discriminated against under its projects, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin (including Limited English Proficiency), gender, disability or age, as provided in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

TITLE VI/NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Nassau County, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes, ensures that no person in the County, shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, gender or age be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity it administers.

As a recipient of federal dollars, Nassau County is required to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other statutes to ensure that services and benefits are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.

The Nassau County Title VI Coordinator is responsible to ensure compliance with the County’s Title VI Non-Discrimination Policy and oversee the discrimination complaint process. In addition, each County Department or Division has a Title VI Designee who is directly responsible to ensure that departmental programs, activities and benefits comply with the County’s Non-Discrimination Policy and to investigate all discrimination complaints made regarding its programs, benefits or activities. Nassau County also provides assistance for individuals with Limited English Proficiency. 

Title VI DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Nassau County’s discrimination complaint procedure and investigative process are consistent with federal guidelines. 
Any person who feels that he or she, individually or as a member of any class of persons, on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, gender, or age has been excluded from or denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity may file a written discrimination complaint.

Filing a complaint is easy. The complaint procedure is outlined in four easy steps below:

1. Submission of Complaint: Please complete the following Nassau County Title VI/Non- Discrimination Complaint Form. Remember to sign and date the form. Unsigned or anonymous complaints cannot be accepted. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the last discriminatory act.
 

Complaint forms are also available in: 
a. Español: Formulario de queja de discriminación en el servicio
b. Chinese: 服務歧視投訴表
c. Haitian-Creole: Fòmilè Plent sou Diskriminasyon Sèvis
d. Italian: Modulo di denuncia per discriminazione nei servizi
e. Korean: 서비스 차별에 대한 양식 불만
f. Farsi: شکایت فرم برای تبعیض در خدمات

Please mail, email or fax the signed and dated complaint to the following address:

Attn: Title VI Complaint
OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS
240 OLD COUNTRY RD.
MINEOLA, NEW YORK 11501

OR:
Email: pelliott@nassaucountyny.gov [Dr. Phillip Elliott, Title VI Coordinator]
Fax: 516-571-6555

2. Referral and Confirmation: Upon receipt, the complaint shall be logged in and forwarded to the Title VI Designee of the department responsible for the service, benefit, activity or program referenced on the Nassau County Title VI/Non-Discrimination Complaint Form. Within 10 business days of receipt of the complaint, the Title VI Designee shall mail a letter to the complainant and respondent confirming receipt of the Title VI/Non-Discrimination Complaint Form. 
 
3. Investigation: The Title VI Designee shall investigate the complaint. Investigations may           include interviews with the complainant, respondent and appropriate witnesses, relevant Nassau County personnel and contractors, if any. The investigation may also include requests for relevant documents from the complainant, respondent and witnesses.

4. Departmental Determination: Upon completion of the investigation, the Title VI Designee shall mail a written determination to the complainant. 
 
For more information on what type of complaints can be filed with the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights Contact Rodney H. McRae, Interim Executive Director (516) 571-3662; 

 email: rmcrae@nassaucountyny.gov