Title VI Legal Manual

The Coordination and Review Section (COR)produced a very good Title VI Legal Manual.  You can find it at www.usdoj.gov/crt/cor/coord/vimanual.htm in html format or at www.usdoj.gov/crt/cor/coord/vimanual.pdf in pdf format.  However, it has not been updated since 2001. 

We will be updating this manual to take into account major court decisions as well as showing how evidence of effects can prove intentional discrimination.  This is important because under court decisions private parties can sue to enforce Title VI only if they can prove intentional discrimination.  Only the Federal government can bring a case based on evidence of disparate or adverse impact. 

But did you know that evidence of adverse or disparate impacts can be used as evidence of intentional discrimination? 

Regulations implementing Title VI and many other grant related nondiscrimination statutes prohibit retaliation, but most grant related nondiscrimination statutes themselves do not.  Does that mean a complainant is really protected from retaliation? 

Is failure to provide services in languages other than English really national origin discrimination or is it language discrimination?  If the failure to provide services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP) is discrimination because of the adverse impact it has on national origin groups, does this mean only the Federal government can enforce LEP requirements?

Our update will deal with these and other questions.  But until our update, the COR manual is the best legal overview out there. 

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