Civil Rights Codes
§ 7351. General Provisions.
Any applicant or client of the Vocational Rehabilitation or Independent Living Services programs who is dissatisfied with any action or inaction of the Department relating to the application for or receipt of services, shall have an opportunity for a prompt administrative review by the supervisory staff of the Department and/or a formal fair hearing. Any applicant or client of the Vocational Rehabilitation program may also request mediation by a qualified impartial mediator to resolve disputes involving any action or inaction of the Department that affects the provision of vocational rehabilitation services.
Any applicant, client, or former client who believes he/she has been discriminated against by a Department employee, a contractor or grantee of the Department, or an employee of a contractor or grantee based upon any of the protected statuses of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex, or age shall have an opportunity for a prompt administrative review by the supervisory staff or, as appropriate, by a contractor or grantee, and/or an informal Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor review followed, when necessary, by a formal investigation by the Department's Office of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action.
The administrative review process is optional and shall not delay a fair hearing or, in the case of alleged discrimination, an informal Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor review followed, when necessary, by a formal investigation by the Department's Office of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action, unless the appellant or complainant and/or authorized representative and the Department agree to a delay. The mediation process is also optional and shall not delay a fair hearing, unless all parties agree to a continuation of the hearing.
Notwithstanding (b), an applicant, client, or former client may file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at any time.
Any service(s) currently being provided an individual under an IWRP shall not be suspended, reduced, or terminated pending a final determination pursuant to administrative review provided pursuant to Section 7353 or the final decision pursuant to Section 7358, unless:
The individual or his/her authorized representative so requests; or
The Department has determined that services have been obtained through misrepresentation, fraud, collusion, or criminal conduct on the part of the appellant or the appellant's authorized representative, as specified in 29 USC §722(c)(7).
29 USC Sec. 794
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 705(20) of this title, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service.