Civil Rights Protection

Overview of Title VI-Civil Rights Protection

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of 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." (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

Title VI Complaint Procedure

Any person who believes she or he has been discriminated against by the Plumas County Public Works Department based on race, color, or national origin may file a Title VI complaint by completing and submitting the agency’s Title VI Complaint Form to the Director of the Public Works Department at the following address:

Plumas County Department of Public Works
1834 East Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971

The Director of the Public Works Department will investigate complaints received no more than 180 days after the alleged incident. The department will process complaints that are complete.

Once the complaint is received, it will be reviewed to determine if it is within the department’s jurisdiction. The complainant will receive an acknowledgment letter informing her/him whether the complaint will be investigated.

The Director has 30 days to investigate the complaint. If more information is needed to resolve the case, the complainant will be contacted by letter. The complainant has 10 business days from the date of the letter to send the requested information to the investigator assigned to the case. If the investigator is not contacted by the complainant or does not receive the additional information within 10 business days, the case may be administratively closed. A case may also be administratively closed if the complainant no longer wishes to pursue their case.

After the investigator reviews the complaint, she/he will issue one of two letters 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 10 days after the date of the letter or the LOF to do so.

Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI

  1. Plumas County operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Plumas County.
  2. For more information on Plumas County’s civil rights program and the procedures to file a complaint. Email the department at, call at 530-283-6268; or visit the Public Works Headquarters at 1834 East Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971. 

Title VI Plan and Complaint Form

A complete copy of the Title VI Plan and complaint form is available here: Title VI Plan (PDF)