Civil Rights Complaint Procedure
Discrimination is defined as different treatment which makes a distinction of one person or group of persons from others; either intentionally, by neglect, or by actions or lack of actions based on the federally protected classes. A protected class refers to any person or group of people who have characteristics for which discrimination is prohibited based on a law, regulation or an executive order. A sponsoring organization is prohibited from discriminating based on federally protected classes specific to child nutrition programs, which includes race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Onamia Public School #480 ensures the following civil rights requirements are met:
If anyone who participates or wants to participate in the program believes they or someone they know has been discriminated against based on the federally protected classes listed above, they have a right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. The complainant and complaint must be kept confidential.
Onamia Public School #480 will receive civil rights complaints that have been submitted written or verbally. Anonymous complaints must be accepted and should be handled as any other complaint.
A person who wishes to submit a written complaint will be referred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) Program Discrimination Complaint Form.
If a complaint is received verbally and the complainant does not want to put the allegations in writing themselves, Onamia Public School #480 will complete the following three steps:
1. Transcribe the elements of the complaint, ensuring the following information is included:
2. Submit the complaint to the USDA by mail or fax (information on page 5 of complaint form) or Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) at within five working days for complaints alleging unlawful discrimination that include age as a basis of discrimination and five calendar days of receipt for all other civil rights complaints.
3. Maintain records of all civil rights complaints in a secure location.
All civil rights complaints will be processed and closed within 90 days of receipt. A decision letter will be sent to the complainant.