Civil Rights

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the overarching civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, in any program, service or activity that receives Federal assistance. Specifically, Title VI assures that "No person is the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal assistance."

Title VI has been broadened by related statutes, regulations and executive orders. Discrimination based on sex is prohibited by Section 324 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act, which is the enabling legislation of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 prohibits unfair and inequitable treatment of persons as a result of projects which are undertaken with Federal financial assistance. The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 clarified the intent of Title VI to include all programs and activities of Federal-aid recipients and contractors whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.

CRIO works to make certain that all City of Detroit residents, visitors and employees enjoy a safe environment free of discriminatory barriers. CRIO receives, investigates and makes findings on discrimination complaints in the areas of employment, housing, education, public service, commercial space, medical care facilities and public accommodations to any person who believes they have been discriminated against on the basis of his or her race, color, religious belief, national origin, age, marital status, disability, residence, public benefit status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression within the City of Detroit.  This authority is given under the jurisdiction of Chapter 27 of the City of Detroit Code of Ordinances.  For City of Detroit employees only CRIO is tasked with investigating complaints of workplace violence, discrimination and sexual harassment.

We take discrimination seriously and will investigate all credible complaints. If you believe you have been discriminated against and it has been within one year of the alleged discriminatory action please complete the CRIO Claimant Questionnaire Form.   If we find that there has been discrimination, we will work with the respondent to resolve the complaint.
In partnership with the Human Rights Commission our office coordinates and participates in outreach activities by offering housing and public accommodations workshops/seminars to keep the public informed about their legal rights.  

CRIO ensures equality of treatment and opportunity to all who live, work, play, and gather in the City of Detroit.

CRIO Claimant Questionnaire Form