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CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Linden Unified School District
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) CIVIL RIGHTS REGULATIONS AND POLICIES, THE USDA, ITS AGENCIES, OFFICES, AND EMPLOYEES, AND INSTITUTIONS PARTICIPATING IN OR ADMINISTERING USDA PROGRAMS ARE PROHIBITED FROM DISCRIMINATING BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, DISABILITY, AGE, OR REPRISAL OR RETALIATION FOR PRIOR CIVILRIGHTS ACTIVITY IN ANY PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY CONDUCTED OR FUNDED BY USDA.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITES WHO REQUIRE ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION (E.G. BRAILLE, LARGE PRINT, AUTIOTAPE, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, ETC.) SHOULD CONTACT THE AGENCY (STATE OR LOCAL) WHERE THEY APPLIED FOR BENEFITS. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING OR HAVE SPEECH DISABILITIES MAY CONTACT USDA THROUGH THE FEDERAL RELAY SERVICE AT (800) 877-8339. ADDITIONALLY, PROGRAM INFOMRAITON MAY BE MADE AVAILABLE IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH.

TO FILE A COMPLAINT OF DISCRININATION, COMPLETE THE USDA PROGRAM DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FORM, (AD-3027) FOUND ONLINE AT: HTTP://WWW.ASCR.USDA.GOV/COMPLAINT_FILING_CUST.HTML AND AT ANY USDA OFFICE, OR WRITE A LETTER ADDRESSED TO USDA AND PROVIDE IN THE LETTER ALL OF THE INFORMAITON REQUESTED IN THE FORM. TO REQUEST A COPY OF THE COMPLAINT FORM, CALL (866)632-9992.

(1) MAIL: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

1400 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE, SW

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)FAX: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) EMAIL:PROGRAM.INTAKE@USDA.GOV

ANY PERSON ALLEGING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, AGE, DISABILITY, OR RPRISAL OR RETALIATION HAS THE RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITHIN 180 DAYS OF THE ALLEGED DISCRIMINATORY ACTION. UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES THIS TIME LIMIT MAY BE EXTENDED BY OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS.

ALL COMPLAINTS, WRITTEN OR VERBAL, SHALL BE ACCEPTED BY THE DESIGNATED PERSON AT THE SCHOOL AND THE LINDEN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION AND MUST THEN BE FORWARDED TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS. THE CA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MUST THEN FORWARD THE COMPLAINT TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIRECTOR WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS OF RECEIPT. IT IS NECESSARY THAT THE INFORMATION BE SUFFICIENT TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF THE AGENCY OR INDIVIDUAL TOWARD WHICH THE COMPLAINT IS DIRECTED, AND TO INDICATE THE POSSIBILITY OF A VIOLATION. ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS SHALL BE HANDLED AS ANY OTHER COMPLAINT. IF AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT FORM IS AVAILABLE, PLEASE UTILIZE.

IN THE EVENT THAT A COMPLAINANT MAKES THE ALLEGATION VERBALLY OR THROUGH A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION AND REFUSES OR IS NOT INCLINED TO PLACE SUCH ALLEGATIONS IN WRITING, THE PERSON TO WHOM THE ALLEGATIONS ARE MADE SHALL WRITE UP THE ELEMENTS OF THE COMPLAINT FOR THE COMPLAINANT. EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO HAVE THE COMPLAINANT PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
  • NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OR OTHER MEANS OF CONTACTING THE COMPLAINANT.
  • THE SPECIFIC LOCATION AND NAME OF THE ENTITY DELIVERING THE PROGRAM SERVICE OR BENEFIT.
  • THE NATURE OF THE INCIDENT(S) OR ACTION(S) THAT LED THE COMPLAINANT TO FEEL DISCRIMINATION WAS A FACTOR.
  • THE BASIS ON WHICH THE COMPLAINANT FEELS DISCRIMINATION EXISTS (RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, AGE, DISABILITY, OR REPRISAL OR RETALIATION).
  • THE NAMES, TITLES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS WHO MAY HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE DISCRIMINATORY ACTION(S).
  • THE DATE(S) DURING WHICH THE ALLEGED DISCIMINATORY ACTION OCCURRED, OR IF CONTINUING, THE DURATION OF SUCH ACTIONS.
 
PERSON DESIGNATED TO RECEIVE CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS

FOR LINDEN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Hope Brand, Food Service Director LUSD

PERSON(S) DESIGNATED TO RECEIVE CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS

FOR LINDEN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION:

Rick Hall, Superintendent LUSD
 
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Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.

 

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.

 

There are many options for notifying households about the EITC which may include in­–person, electronic, mail, flyers, or by phone.

 

For additional information, refer to the IRS EITC web page at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit or the California EITC web page at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/file/personal/credits/california-earned-income-tax-credit.html.

 

 

Contact Information

 

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact the IRS by phone at 800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov. You can also contact the Franchise Tax Board by phone at 800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.