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                                        42 USC 708

                       CHAPTER 7--SOCIAL SECURITY
Sec. 708. Nondiscrimination provisions

(a) Federally funded activities

    (1) For the purpose of applying the prohibitions against 
discrimination on the basis of age under the Age Discrimination Act of 
1975 [42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.], on the basis of handicap under section 
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [29 U.S.C. 794], on the basis of 
sex under title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 [20 U.S.C. 1681 
et seq.], or on the basis of race, color, or national origin under title 
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.], programs 
and activities funded in whole or in part with funds made available 
under this subchapter are considered to be programs and activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance.
    (2) No person shall on the ground of sex or religion be excluded 
from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to 
discrimination under, any program or activity funded in whole or in part 
with funds made available under this subchapter.

(b) Compliance

    Whenever the Secretary finds that a State, or an entity that has 
received a payment from an allotment to a State under section 702(c) of 
this title, has failed to comply with a provision of law referred to in 
subsection (a)(1) of this section, with subsection (a)(2) of this 
section, or with an applicable regulation (including one prescribed to 
carry out subsection (a)(2) of this section), he shall notify the chief 
executive officer of the State and shall request him to secure 
compliance. If within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed sixty 
days, the chief executive officer fails or refuses to secure compliance, 
the Secretary may--
        (1) refer the matter to the Attorney General with a 
    recommendation that an appropriate civil action be instituted,
        (2) exercise the powers and functions provided by title VI of 
    the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.], the Age 
    Discrimination Act of 1975 [42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.], or section 504 
    of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [29 U.S.C. 794], as may be 
    applicable, or
        (3) take such other action as may be provided by law.

(c) Authority of Attorney General; civil actions

    When a matter is referred to the Attorney General pursuant to 
subsection (b)(1) of this section, or whenever he has reason to believe 
that the entity is engaged in a pattern or practice in violation of a 
provision of law referred to in subsection (a)(1) of this section or in 
violation of subsection (a)(2) of this section, the Attorney General may 
bring a civil action in any appropriate district court of the United 
States for such relief as may be appropriate, including injunctive 

(Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title V, Sec. 508, as added Pub. L. 97-35, 
title XXI, Sec. 2192(a), Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 825; amended Pub. L. 
101-239, title VI, Sec. 6502(b), Dec. 19, 1989, 103 Stat. 2276.)

                       References in Text

    The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, referred to in subsecs. (a)(1) 
and (b)(2), is title III of Pub. L. 94-135, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 728, 
as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 76 (Sec. 6101 et 
seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the 
Code, see Short Title note set out under section 6101 of this title and 
    The Education Amendments of 1972, referred to in subsec. (a)(1), is 
Pub. L. 92-318, June 23, 1972, 86 Stat. 235, as amended. Title IX of the 
Education Amendments of 1972 is classified principally to chapter 38 
(Sec. 1681 et seq.) of Title 20, Education. For complete classification 
of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1001 
of Title 20 and Tables.
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964, referred to in subsecs. (a)(1) and 
(b)(2), is Pub. L. 88-352, July 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 241, as amended. Title 
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is classified generally to subchapter 
V (Sec. 2000d et seq.) of chapter 21 of this title. For complete 
classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out 
under section 2000a of this title and Tables.

                            Prior Provisions

    A prior section 708, act Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title V, Sec. 508, 
as added Jan. 2, 1968, Pub. L. 90-248, title III, Sec. 301, 81 Stat. 
926; amended July 10, 1972, Pub. L. 92-345, Sec. 2(d), 86 Stat. 457; 
July 1, 1973, Pub. L. 93-53, Sec. 4(a)(6), 87 Stat. 135, related to 
special project grants for maturity and infant care, prior to the 
general revision of this subchapter by section 2192(a) of Pub. L. 97-35. 
For effective date, savings, and transitional provisions, see section 
2194 of Pub. L. 97-35, set out as a note under section 701 of this 
    Provisions similar to those comprising former section 708 were 
contained in section 531 of act Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title V, as 
added Oct. 24, 1963, Pub. L. 88-156, Sec. 4, 77 Stat. 274 (formerly 
classified to section 729 of this title), prior to the general amendment 
and renumbering of title V of act Aug. 14, 1935, by Pub. L. 90-248, 
Sec. 301.


    1989--Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 101-239 substituted ``702(c) of this 
title'' for ``702(b) of this title'' in introductory provisions.

                    Effective Date of 1989 Amendment

    Amendment by Pub. L. 101-239 applicable to appropriations for fiscal 
years beginning with fiscal year 1990, see section 6510(a) of Pub. L. 
101-239, set out as a note under section 701 of this title.

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in sections 705, 710 of this title.

General Information Federal Coordination and Compliance
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Title VI Hotline: 1-888-TITLE-06
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Deeana Jang
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Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, NWB
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

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