Nutrition, Health, and Wellness
USDA Discrimination procedure
In USDA programs, discrimination is prohibited on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, disability, limited English proficiency, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from a public assistance program. In programs that receive Federal financial assistance from USDA, discrimination is prohibited on the bases of race, color, religious creed, sex, political beliefs, age, disability, national origin, or limited English proficiency. (Not all bases apply to all programs.) Reprisal is prohibited based on prior civil rights activity. The OASCR, through the Office of Adjudication, investigates and resolves complaints of discrimination in programs operated or assisted by USDA.
You are not required to use the complaint form. You may also file a program discrimination complaint by writing a letter to the Office of Adjudication at the address that follows:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
For additional information about what to include in your letter, see How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint, on our website. For information on the discrimination complaint process, contact the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Information Research Service, on (202) 260-1026 or (866) 632-9992 (toll free) or send an E-mail to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at CR-INFO@ascr.usda.gov.