The Cook County Southland Juvenile Justice Council (“Council”) strives to create and maintain an environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency and respect. The environment of the Council should be characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression and exploitation for employees, Council members and Program Beneficiaries (“Covered Individuals”). The Council will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind against Covered Individuals. Through enforcement of this policy, The Council will seek to prevent, correct and discipline behavior that violates this policy.

All Covered Individuals, regardless of their positions, are covered by and are expected to comply with this policy and to take appropriate measures to ensure that prohibited conduct does not occur. Appropriate action will be taken against any individual or entity that violates this policy.

Prohibited Conduct Under This Policy

The Council, in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination and harassment laws and regulations, enforces this policy in accordance with the following definitions and guidelines:

Discrimination

It is a violation of the Council’s policy to discriminate, either intentionally or by discriminatory impact against Covered Individuals; to create discriminatory conditions; or to use discriminatory evaluative standards against Covered Individuals if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, the person’s race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or marital status .

Discrimination of this kind may also be strictly prohibited by a variety of federal, state and local laws, including without limitation Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This policy is intended to comply with the prohibitions stated in these anti-discrimination laws.

Filing Discrimination Complaints with State and Federal Funders

Covered Individuals who believe this Policy has been violated may file a complaint. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination but may complain on behalf of another person or group. A complainant filing on behalf of or pertaining to another person(s) is responsible for securing any necessary written consent from that individual, including when a parent files for a student over the age of 18.

Timeliness

A complaint must ordinarily be filed within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer ago than this and you are requesting a waiver, you will be asked to show good cause why you did not file your complaint within the 180-day period.

How to File a Complaint

The Department of Justice Office For Civil Rights (“OCR”) investigates complaints from individuals or groups who believe that they have experienced discrimination from an agency that receives funding from the Justice Department. These include the Office of Justice Programs and its components as well as the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women. OCR can also investigate agencies that receive Justice Department funding from state and local government agencies.

Federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

If you believe that you have experienced discrimination, you are encouraged to file a civil rights complaint as soon as possible.  Complete the Complaint Verification Form and the Identity Release Statement and submit to:

Office for Civil Rights

Office of Justice Programs

U.S. Department of Justice

810 Seventh Street NW

Washington, DC 20531

In addition, Complaint and Limited Release of Information forms can be found on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority  (“ICJIA’s”) website at

http://www.icjia.org/grants/grant-resources or obtained by contacting the ICJIA at 312-793-8550. Complaints may be submitted via the ICJIA website, mail, or email. Complaints submitted via mail can be sent to: 

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Attn: Civil Rights Officer

300 West Adams

Suite 200; Chicago, IL 60606

Complaints submitted via email can be sent to  CJA.CivilRightsOfficer@illinois.gov. If an oral complaint is submitted, complainants will be assisted by ICJIA staff in completing the Complaint form. Complaints should include the following information: name and contact information of the complainant, name and contact information of the entity or individual complained, date of the discriminatory conduct, and a general description of the discriminatory conduct. Complainants may provide additional documentation or evidence with the complaint. Complainants should also complete a Limited Release of Information form

Additional Laws

In addition to the above, the Council shall strive to comply with the following laws, as applicable:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (Title VI) of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, and the DOJ implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. pt. 42, subpts. C & D (prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted programs based on race, color, and national origin in the delivery of services or benefits);

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act (Safe Streets Act) of 1968, as amended, 34 U.S.C. §§ 10228(c) & 10221(a), and the DOJ implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. pt. 42, subpts. D (prohibiting discrimination in programs funded under the statute, both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits, based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion) & E (requiring certain DOJ-funded programs subject to the administrative provisions of the statute to prepare, maintain, and submit an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP));

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 794, and the DOJ implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. pt. 42, subpt. G (prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted programs based on disability both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits);

Title IX of the Education Amendments (Title IX) of 1972, as amended, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, and the DOJ implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. pt. 42, subpt. D & pt. 54 (prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted education programs based on sex both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits);

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 12132, and the implementing regulation at 28 C.F.R. § 35.171(a)(1)(i), (3)(i) (prohibiting discrimination based on disability both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits);

Age Discrimination Act (Age Act) of 1975, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 6102, and the DOJ implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. pt. 42, subpt. I (prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted programs based on age in the delivery of services or benefits);

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974, as amended, 34

U.S.C. § 11182(b), and the DOJ implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. §§ 31.202, .403 & pt.42, subpt. D (prohibiting discrimination in programs funded under the statute, both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits, based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion);

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, as amended, 34 U.S.C. § 20110(e) and the regulation implementing the Victim of Crime Act Victim Assistance Program, 28 C.F.R. § 94.114 (prohibiting discrimination in programs funded under the statute, both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits, based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and disability);

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, as amended, 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(13) (prohibiting discrimination in programs either funded under the statute or administered by the Office on Violence Against Women, both in employment and in the delivery of services or benefits, based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity) (referring to the Safe Streets Act for enforcement); and

Executive Order 13,559, amending Executive Order 13,279, and the DOJ implementing regulation, Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations, 28

C.F.R. pt. 38 (prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted social service programs based on religion in the delivery of services or benefits).

The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5 et seq.;

The Public Works Employment Discrimination Act, 775 ILCS 10 et. seq.;

The Illinois Environmental Barriers Act, 410 ILCS 25 et seq.;