Section 504

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The law states, in part, that:

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency . . . .

29 U.S.C. § 794(a)

The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with Section 504, investigating Section 504-related complaints, and providing technical assistance to recipients of Department of Energy financial assistance. The Department has promulgated regulations that implement Section 504. The regulations can be found at 10 C.F.R. Part 1040.

Download a poster related to Section 504 and other external civil rights laws here.

Filing a Complaint of Discrimination: 
If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of disability by a recipient of federal financial assistance, you may file a complaint with the:

Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20585 
(202) 586-2218 

Your complaint should contain the following information: your name, address, and telephone number; the name and address of the agency, institution, or department you believe discriminated against you; how, why, and when you believe you were discriminated against, including as much information as possible about the alleged acts of discrimination, and the names of the individuals whom you allege discriminated against you, if known; and the names of any persons, if known, that the investigating agency could contact for additional information to support or clarify your allegations. 

Questions? Call us at (202) 586-2218