The Federal Transit Administration issued revised guidance that prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. The revision includes protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Any Federal Transit Administration applicant, recipient, sub recipient, and contractor must follow all EEO regulations if they meet the following criteria:
- Employs 100 or more transit-related employees.
- Requests or receives capital or operating assistance over $1 million in the previous Federal fiscal year; or planning assistance over $250,000 in the previous Federal fiscal year.
Agencies that have between 50-99 transit-related employees must maintain an EEO program with a policy statement, dissemination plan, personnel designation, employment practices assessment, and a monitoring and reporting system. This EEO program must be maintained, but does not need to be submitted unless requested by the Federal Transit Administration or Intermodal Civil Rights.
Agencies must include all part-time employees and employees that have duties that support the transportation system in their calculations. For example, a budget analyst who processes payments for the transit program would be considered a transit-related employee.
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