Our Commitment to Civil Rights
As a matter of principle, GBT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in the receipt of any of our services on the basis of race, color or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with GBT.
How to File a Title VI Complaint
GBT investigates complaints received no more than 180 days after the alleged incident. GBT will process complaints that are complete. Once the complaint is received, GBT will review it and the complainant will receive an acknowledgement letter informing them whether the complaint will be investigated by GBT.
GBT has up to thirty days to investigate the complaint. If more information is needed to resolve the case, GBT may contact the complainant. The complainant has thirty days from the date of the letter to send requested information to the investigator assigned to the case.
If GBT’s investigator is not contacted by the complainant or does not receive the additional Information within thirty days, GBT can administratively close the case. A case can be administratively closed also if the complainant no longer wishes to pursue their case.
After the investigator reviews the complaint, one of two letters will be issued to the complainant: a closure letter or a letter of finding (LOF). A closure letter summarizes the allegations and states that there was not a Title VI violation and that the case will be closed.
A LOF summarizes the allegations and the interviews regarding the alleged incident, and explains whether any disciplinary action, additional training of the staff member, or other action will occur. If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision, she/he has ten days after the date of the LOF to do so.
Title VI Complaint Forms
Riders may complete GBT’s online civil rights complaint form by clicking the appropriate form below:
Riders may also file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration, at:
Federal Transit Administration
Office of Civil Rights
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590