WAC 388-426-0005

Effective June 1, 2006

WAC 388-426-0005 How do I make a complaint to the department?

If you do not agree with a decision we made or an action we took, you can make a complaint. We address your concerns based on the nature of your complaint.  

Civil Rights:

  1. We will not discriminate based on your race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs. This agrees with:

    1. Federal law and policy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that ban discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; and

    2. The Food Stamp Act and USDA policy, which also bans discrimination on religion or political beliefs.

  2. To file a complaint that we discriminated based on your race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs contact USDA or HHS:

    Write:
    USDA
    Director, Office of Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
    HHS
    Director, Office for Civil Rights
    Room 506-F
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20201
    Or call:
    USDA
    (800) 795-3272 (voice); or
    (202) 720-6382 (TTY).
    HHS
    (202) 619-0403 (voice); or
    (202) 619-3257 (TTY).
    USDA and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Complaints about our decisions or actions:

  1. If you do not agree with a decision we made or an action we took, you may use our complaint process:

    1. Supervisor review: You may give a supervisor a written complaint. We will:

      1. Make a decision about your written complaint within ten days of the date we get it; and

      2. Send you a letter telling you what we decided and that you may have another review by the local office administrator if you ask for it.

    2. Administrator review: If you do not accept the decision you get from a supervisor, you may give the local office administrator a written complaint. We will:

      1. Make a decision about your written complaint within ten days of the date we get it; and

      2. Send you a letter telling you what we decided.

  2. When we send you a letter with the administrator's decision, this ends the complaint process.

  3. If you file a written complaint, you may still ask for a fair hearing under chapter 388-02 WAC.

  4. You may always speak with your worker's supervisor or have them review your worker's decision even if you do not file a formal complaint.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.