Title VI and Nondiscrimination Notice of Rights
The Martha’s Vineyard Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) through the Martha’s Vineyard Commission hereby states its policy to uphold and assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related federal and state statutes and regulations.
Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance. Massachusetts law also prohibits discrimination based on race, color and/or national origin, and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission assures compliance with these laws and related federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on sex, age, and/or disability.
Individuals who feel they have been discriminated against in violation of Title VI must file a complaint within 180 days with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Title VI/Nondiscrimination Specialist.
The Martha’s Vineyard MPO also upholds the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 §§92a, 98, 98a, and the Governor’s Executive Order 526, section 4 which provide that access to programs, services, and benefits be provided without regard to religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran's status and/or ancestry, in addition to the previously referenced bases. Public accommodation concerns can be brought to MassDOT’s Title VI Nondiscrimination Specialist.
Filing a Complaint: To file a complaint under Title VI or the state Public Accommodations law, the contacts are as follows:
Title VI Nondiscrimination Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: (617) 973-7171, TTY: (617) 973-7715; [email protected]
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, One Ashburton Place, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, Tel.:(617) 994-6000, TTY: 617-994-6196, www.mass.gov/mcad/
The local Martha’s Vineyard Commission Title VI contact is Curtis Schroeder, Administrator, Martha's Vineyard Commission, 33 New York Avenue, P.O. Box 1447, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557, (508) 693-3453.