Submit Your Form to:
ADA Programs Division
One Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Filing a grievance:
Please complete this form as fully as possible. The complaint should be submitted by the individual alleging discrimination on the basis of disability or an authorized representative as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged discrimination. If you require this form in an alternative format, or need other assistance to submit your complaint, then contact the ADA Programs Division.
Please note that the ADA Programs Division grievance form (above) is limited to the City's facilities, programs, and services, as covered under Title II of the ADA.
If you wish to file a complaint under Title I regarding employment with the City of Oakland, you may file a complaint at https://www.staging.oaklandca.gov/resources/accommodations-for-employees-with-disabilities
If you wish to file a complaint under Title III regarding a private business or public accommodation, you may file a complaint with the Federal Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice: https://ada.gov/complaint/ or with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH): https://dfeh.ca.gov/business-establishments/. If you have an issue related to the Fair Housing Act, you may file a complaint with the Federal Office of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO): https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint.
City response to grievance:
Within 10 business days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator, or a designee, will contact the complainant or representative to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 30 business days of receipt of the complaint, unless the period is extended by agreement with the complainant or representative, the ADA Coordinator, or designee, will respond in writing, in a format accessible to the complainant. The response will explain the position of the City and, what actions if any the City will take to resolve the complaint.
If the response by the ADA Coordinator, or designee, does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or a designee may appeal the decision within 10 business days after receipt of the response to the City Administrator. The City ADA Coordinator’s findings on appeals from residential on-street disabled parking zone, curb ramp, or sidewalk repair denials are final and not appealable.
City response to appeal:
Within 10 business days after receipt of the appeal, the City Administrator, or a designee, will interview the complainant to discuss the complaint and ADA Grievance Form Rev. 10/2017 possible resolutions. Within 20 business days after the interview, the complainant will receive a response either affirming or modifying the determination of the City ADA Coordinator.
- The City will not retaliate against you for filing a grievance. Any form of retaliation related to the filing of this complaint is prohibited and should be reported immediately to the ADA Coordinator.
- Please be advised that some of the information you supply on this complaint form may be subject to public disclosure under the California Public Records Act. However, the City will make every reasonable effort to ensure that confidentiality is maintained throughout the complaint, investigation, and corrective action process, to the extent consistent with the law.
- All documented complaints received by the ADA Coordinator, appeals to the City Administrator, and responses from these offices will be retained by the City of Oakland for at least three years.
- Additionally, in the event that the City decides that your complaint requires further investigation, witnesses may be interviewed, and the accused party/parties will be given an opportunity to respond to your allegations.