Nondiscrimination Policy


The City of Hutchinson, hereby gives assurances that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the recipient regardless of whether or not those programs and activities are federally funded.

Discrimination Complaint Procedure

1. Any person who believes that he or she, individually, as a member of any specific class, or in connection with any disadvantaged business enterprise, has been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, as amended, may file a complaint with the City Manager’s office.  A complaint may also be filed by a representative on behalf of such a person.  All complaints will be referred to the Assistant City Manager/ADA Coordinator who will serve as the Review Officer.

2. In order to have the complaint consideration under this procedure, the complainant must file the complaint no later than 180 days after:

a. The date of alleged act of discrimination; or
b. Where there has been a continuing course of conduct, the date on which that conduct was discontinued.

In either case, the recipient or his/her designee may extend the time for filing or waive the time limit in the interest of justice, specifying in writing the reason for so doing.

3. Complaints shall be in writing and shall be signed by the complainant and/or the complainant’s representative.  Complaints shall set forth as fully as possible the facts and circumstances surrounding the claimed discrimination.  In the event that a person makes a verbal complaint of discrimination to an officer or employee of the City, the person shall be interviewed by the Review Officer.  If necessary, the Review Officer will assist the person in reducing the complaint to writing and submit the written version of the complaint to the person for signature.  The complaint shall then be handled according to the City’s investigative procedures.

4. Within 10 days, the Review Officer will acknowledge receipt of the allegation, inform the complainant of action taken or proposed action to process the allegation, and advise the complainant of other avenues of redress available.