The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for investigating complaints against recipients of Federal financial assistance in FAA programs. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C.2000d) prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin. Title 49 of the U.S.C. section 47123, "Nondiscrimination" further prohibits recipients of FAA financial assistance from engaging in discrimination based on sex and religion. Additionally, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. Section 6101 et seq.) prohibits discrimination against FAA program beneficiaries on the grounds of age.

Under these laws, airports are required to take affirmative action to ensure that there is nondiscrimination in all of their operations, including but not limited to:

  • Their local and state funded contracting program
  • The benefits and services provided by their tenants, air carriers, concessionaires and fixed based operations
  • Employment activities related to programs receiving Federal financial assistance
  • The airport's requirement to conspicuously display nondiscrimination posters at their airports, notifying the flying public of their rights
  • The airport's obligation to address Limited English Proficiency and Environmental Justice in their planning and operation

The Department of Labor is responsible for administering Executive Order 11246, which contains requirements for an Affirmative Action Plan. This Plan is similar in content and requirements to the affirmative action plan required in 49 CFR Part 152 subpart e. 49 CFR Part 152 applied to grants issued under the Airport Development Aid Program, which was replaced by the Airport Improvement Program.

Additionally, FAA is responsible for:

  • Conducting Title VI compliance reviews on issues of discrimination or non-compliance
  • Working with external customers to provide oversight and technical assistance with regard to Title VI programs, goals, accomplishments and training

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