Civil Rights and Non-Discrimination

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Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The City of Newton, Kansas, operates its programs and activities without regard to race, color, and national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, regardless of whether or not those programs and activities are federally funded. 

The City shall make available this Non-Discrimination Policy to all staff, program beneficiaries and the public.  The policy is to be included with information materials given to all City employees and posted on this website.  All new employees are required to complete training on this policy and annually thereafter.

To view the Title VI Plan please click here.

Discrimination Complaint Procedure

1. Any person who believes that he or she, individually, as a member of any specific class, or in connection with any disadvantaged business enterprise, has been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, as amended, may file a complaint with the City Manager’s office.  A complaint may also be filed by a representative on behalf of such a person.  All complaints will be referred to the ADA Coordinator who will serve as the Review Officer.

2. In order to have the complaint consideration under this procedure, the complainant must file the complaint no later than 180 days after:
      a. The date of alleged act of discrimination; or
      b. Where there has been a continuing course of conduct, the date on which that conduct was discontinued.

In either case, the recipient or his/her designee may extend the time for filing or waive the time limit in the interest of justice, specifying in writing the reason for so doing.

3. Complaints shall be in writing and shall be signed by the complainant and/or the complainant’s representative.  Complaints shall set forth as fully as possible the facts and circumstances surrounding the claimed discrimination.  In the event that a person makes a verbal complaint of discrimination to an officer or employee of the City, the person shall be interviewed by the Review Officer.  If necessary, the Review Officer will assist the person in reducing the complaint to writing and submit the written version of the complaint to the person for signature.  The complaint shall then be handled according to the City’s investigative procedures.

Submit a Complaint

4. Within 15 days, the Review Officer will acknowledge receipt of the allegation, inform the complainant of action taken or proposed action to process the allegation, and advise the complainant of other avenues of redress available. 

For more information on Newton’s non-discrimination program and the procedures to file a complaint, call 316-284-3640; email; or visit our Human Resources office at 201 E. Sixth St., Newton, KS 67114 (2nd floor).

A complainant may also file a complaint directly with:

Kansas Governor's Grant Program
Civil Rights Liaison: Erica Haas
900 SW Jackson St.
Landon State Office Bldg., Rm. 304 North
Topeka, KS 66612
Fax: 785-291-3204   

U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator
East Building, 5th Floor-TRC
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

Office of Justice Programs
Office for Civil Rights
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC, 20531
fax: 202-616-9865
TTY: 202-307-2027

If information is needed in another language, please call 316-284-3640.

Any findings of discrimination against the City will be reported to the Kansas Governor's Grants Program and the Office for Civil Rights.