Title VI Program

The City of Boca Raton reaffirms its longstanding, existing policy that no person will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination or retaliation under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Local Agency Program (LAP) because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, family status or any other characteristic or basis protected under federal or state law.  The City reaffirms its commitment to the nondiscrimination provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all other applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination.  The City further reaffirms that it does not retaliate against any person who complains of discrimination or who participates in an investigation of discrimination.

File A Complaint

Any individual who feels they have been discriminated against under Title VI may file a complaint with the City’s Title VI Coordinator:

Mike Woika
Deputy City Manager
Title VI Coordinator
201 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: 561-393-7700
BocaCM@ci.Boca-Raton.fl.us

Complainant may submit complaint directly to the Florida Department of Transportation Equal Opportunity Office ATTN: Title VI Complaint Processing 605 Suwannee Street MS 65 Tallahassee, FL 32399. FDOT will serve as a clearing house, forwarding the complaint to the appropriate state or federal agency.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Guidance:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 13166, and various directives from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) require federal aid recipients to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to programs, services and activities by those who do not speak English proficiently. To determine the extent to which LEP services are required and in which languages, the law requires the analysis of four factors:

    The number or proportion of LEP persons eligible to be served or likely to be encountered by the City programs, services, or activities,

    The frequency with which LEP individuals come into contact with these programs, services or activities,

    The nature and importance of the program, service, or activity to people’s lives, and;

    The resources available to the City and the likely costs of the LEP services.

1.    Using US Census and the 2014–2018 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, the City has determined that LEP individuals speaking language other than English represent approximately 11.88% of the community. The City realizes that such statistical data can be outdated or inaccurate. Therefore, City contacted local law enforcement, social services agencies, and the Palm Beach County School District to determine the proportion of LEP served by those entities. Spanish was reported to be the prevalent LEP language with an estimate of 3.81% eligible to be served.

2.    The City has not received any requests for translation or interpretation of its programs, services or activities into Spanish or any other language. 

3.    The City believes that transportation is of critical importance to its public, as access to health care, emergency services, employment, and other essentials would be difficult or impossible without reliable transportation systems.

4.    The City has a diverse workforce that are fluent in many languages and are available to provide assistance should it be requested.

The analyses of these factors suggest that extensive LEP services are not required at this time. Nevertheless, the City has committed to the following:

    Maintain a list of employees who competently speak Spanish and other languages and who are willing to provide translation and/or interpretation services.

    Distribute this list to staff that regularly has contact with the public.

The City understands that its community profile can change and the four-factor analysis may reveal the need for more or varied LEP services in the future. As such, it will examine its LEP plan every 4 years to ensure that it remains reflective of the community’s needs.