This grievance procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Title II Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs or benefits by the City of Meridian, including federally assisted services, programs, activities and benefits. The City of Meridian's Employee Policy Handbook includes grievance procedures to meet the employment related requirements of Title I of the ADA.
What to Include in the Complaint
Complaints should be submitted in writing preferably on the City's ADA / Section 504 Grievance Form. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tap recording of the complaint will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request. If an alternative method of filing a complaint is requested the following information will be required:
Information of Complainant
Name, address and telephone number of the person filing the complaint.
Information of filer
Name, address and telephone number of the person who was allegedly discriminated against, if different from person filing the complaint.
The City facility or activity in which the violation is alleged to have occurred.
Submitting the Complaint
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant or his/her designee as soon as possible, but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
33 E. Broadway
Meridian, ID 83642
Office: (208) 489-0470
TTY: (800) 377-3529
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the Section 504 Coordinator or designee will meet with the grievant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the Section 504 Coordinator or designee, will respond in writing and where appropriate, in a format accessible to grievant, such as large print or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the City of Meridian and proposed resolution.
If the grievant does not agree with the resolution, the grievant of his/her designee may appeal the decision to the City of Meridian's City Attorney within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response. The appeal should include a statement of why the grievant disagrees with the resolution. Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the City of Meridian's City Attorney of designee will schedule a meeting with the grievant or designee to gather additional information before issuing the final decision. City of Meridian's City Attorney or designee will issue the final decision within 15 calendar days of the last scheduled meeting. The decision will be in a format accessible to the grievant.
All written complaints received by the Section 504 Coordinator or designee, appeals to the City of Meridian's City Attorney or designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by the City of Meridian for at least three years.
The procedures described above do not preempt or supersede any legal procedures or remedies otherwise available to a victim of discrimination or harassment under state or federal law.