FTA Updates Its Guidance on Equal Employment Opportunity

October 5, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

resume-2-1616792Transit agencies receiving federal funding should be aware of new guidance recently issued by the Federal Transit Agency (FTA) pertaining to federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines. FTA generally issues its guidance in the form of a circular.

FTA’s EEO Circular 4704.1A seeks to ensure that transit agency leadership understands and follows EEO requirements to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and remains up-to-date with certain changes that have occurred as federal laws impact civil rights. This is the first revision to this circular since 1988.

EEO requirements protect against discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. The revised circular highlights changes in U.S. laws and Department of Transportation regulations, such as incorporating protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Among the new requirements, transit agencies with more than 100 employees now need to submit EEO programs to FTA every four years rather than every three. Agencies with 50 to 99 transit employees are required to prepare and maintain the major elements of an EEO program to provide to FTA upon request.

FTA will assess a transit agency’s EEO compliance by monitoring their self-certifications, as well conducting complaint investigations and site visits as part of the FTA’s triennial review process and Office of Civil Rights specialized reviews.

 Let us know your reaction to this updated guidance and how it may affect transit agencies. We’d love to hear from you.

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