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Civil Rights

 

Because it receives federal funds directly from FTA through grant agreements, ODOT must comply with applicable federal civil rights laws and regulations, and follow applicable federal guidance. In its Master Agreement with FTA, ODOT assures that it and each third party participant (i.e., subrecipient, third party contractor, third party subcontractor, lessee, etc.) will prohibit discrimination, including discrimination in program benefits, employment, or business opportunity, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

 

Selected Civil Rights Compliance Information

Nondiscrimination - Title VI of the Civil Rights Act: In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, ODOT agrees to prohibit, and assures that each third party participant will prohibit, discrimination based on race, color, or national origin.

Equal Employment Opportunity: In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, ODOT agrees to prohibit, and assures that each third party participant will prohibit, discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

As provided by Executive Order 11246, "Equal Employment Opportunity," as amended, and as specified by U.S. Department of Labor regulations, to ensure that applicants for employment are employed and employees are treated during employment without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual origin, gender identity, or status as a parent, ODOT agrees to take affirmative action that includes, but is not limited to, recruitment advertising, recruitment, and employment; rates of pay and other forms of compensation; selection for training and upgrading; and, transfers, demotions, layoffs, and terminations.

Access to Services for People with Limited English Proficiency: ODOT agrees to promote accessibility of public transportation services to people with limited understanding of English by following Executive Order 13166, "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency," and "DOT Policy Guidance Concerning Recipients' Responsibilities to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Persons."

The Office of Equal Opportunity in the Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion ensures that ODOT is in full compliance with Title VI and Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. The Office of Transit, in coordination with the Office of Equal Opportunity, oversees its subrecipients' compliance. Each subrecipient must submit its Title VI Program (following ODOT's Title VI Program Requirements) to ODOT for approval.

 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise: To the extent authorized by applicable federal law and regulation, ODOT agrees to facilitate, and assures that each third party participant will facilitate, participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, also referred to as "Disadvantaged Business Enterprises" (DBEs). ODOT agrees and assures that it must not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in the award and performance of any FTA or U.S. DOT-funded contract, or in the administration of its DBE program.

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in the Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion ensures that ODOT is in compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation DBE regulations. The Office of Transit, in coordination with the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, oversees its subrecipients' compliance.

DBE Goal for Transit Projects: ODOT's FY 2014-2016 DBE participation goal for transit projects is 7.7%. This goal expires September 30, 2016. ODOT's FY 2017-2019 DBE participation goal is due to FTA by August 1, 2016.

 

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability: ODOT has agreed to comply with applicable federal prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of disability, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the administration of federally funded programs or activities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, which requires that accessible facilities and services be made available to individuals with disabilities.

The Office of Equal Opportunity in the Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion ensures that ODOT is in full compliance with ADA and Section 504. The Office of Transit, in coordination with the Office of Equal Opportunity, oversees its subrecipients' compliance.

 

 Contact

 

David Walker
Compliance Officer
(614) 644-0301
david.walker@dot.ohio.gov