Civil Rights Laws
The following statutes prohibit discrimination in federally assisted programs:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national religion.
- Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on basis of disability.
- Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally assisted education programs.
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Title 7 CFR Part 15d prohibits discrimination on the basis of:
- national origin
- martial status
- familial status
- sexual orientation
- part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program
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- DR4300-006 Civil Rights Policy for the Department of Agriculture: This regulation prescribes civil rights policy, identifies civil rights strategic goals for USDA, and requires agencies and staff offices to incorporate the goals into their strategic plans.
- DR4360-001 Communicating with Under-Served Communities: This regulation ensures that educational and technical assistance services and communications materials are available to all customers and that USDA offices use appropriate media outlets to distribute information to under-served communities.
- DR5600-002 Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority populations and Low-income Populations: This Departmental Regulation provides direction to agencies for integrating environmental justice considerations into USDA programs and activities.