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Equity and Non-discrimination Notice

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Civil Rights and Nondiscrimination

The City of Portland (“the City”) is committed to advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, environmental justice, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and statutes including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, Executive Order 13166 on Language Access, EO 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, ORS chapter 659A, and Portland City Code Chapter 23. It is the policy of the City to eliminate discrimination based on protected classes of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income.  Such discrimination poses a threat to the health, safety, and general welfare of Portland community members and menaces the institutions and foundation of our community.

It is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of the above listed protected classes in programs, activities, services, benefits, and employment, whether carried out by the City directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom the City of Portland arranges to carry out its programs and activities except as allowed by federal law, rules and regulations.

Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II

The City ensures that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any City program, service, administrative act, or activity as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“Title II”), and all other related statutes and regulations. The City is committed to complying with all the requirements, regulations, and intent of Title VI and Title II.  The City will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination, access, equity, and justice in our public plans, policies, administrative acts, benefits, impacts, programs, services, and activities.  

For additional information on the City's Title VI or Title II nondiscrimination requirements and contact information for the ADA Title II Manager or Civil Rights Title VI Manager, please visit the City’s Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II website or call 503-823-4433 or 311, Relay: 711. 

Making a City Civil Rights Title VI or ADA Title II Complaint:

Any person or class of persons who believes they have experienced unlawful discrimination - practice, treatment, impact - under Title VI or Title II, in the receipt of City benefits, services, or actions may file a complaint with the City of Portland.  Any complaint must be filed within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence.  For information on how to file a complaint and for contact information visit our Complaints webpage or call 311.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Workplace Nondiscrimination

The City is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to an active affirmative action and diversity program. It is the City’s policy to prohibit workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status. Protected status includes race, religion, gender, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law), sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, protected veterans’ status, and other protected status under applicable law. The City is committed to creating a respectful and professional work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation and that promotes employment opportunities.

For more information, including how to file a complaint, or contact information visit the City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources.

Meaningful Access

The City is committed to providing meaningful access and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services. To request these services, contact the responsible bureau or office.  To request these services from the Office of Equity, contact 503-823-4433, City TTY 503-823-6868, Relay Service: 711 or email

You may file a complaint directly with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Civil Rights Division.  Visit Filing a Complaint, call (888) 848-5306 or mail your complaint directly to Federal Coordination and Compliance Section - 4CON, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  20530.