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Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action

The mission of the ODOT Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Program is to take result oriented steps to ensure equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

The mission is accomplished through the following action steps:

  • Developing the Federal Annual Affirmative Action Plan
  • Developing the State EEO Strategic Plan
  • Setting and monitoring the attainment of utilization targets and employment transactions and recommending improvement where needed
  • Diversifying recruitment and outreach efforts in accordance with the Human Resources Plan
  • Analyzing applicant demographics to ensure adequate recruitment methods are in place
  • Training management on incorporating equal employment opportunity and affirmative action guidelines into hiring decisions
  • Conducting Quality Assurance Reviews to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures are followed

EEO and Affirmative Action Program Regulations

FHWA Affirmative Action Program Guidelines (23 CFR 230 C)

In order to receive federal funding from FHWA, ODOT must have an affirmative action program.

State of Ohio Policy on Establishing Affirmative Action Plans (OAC §123:1-49-04)

The laws of the State of Ohio require that each agency shall establish, maintain and carry out a continuing Affirmative Action Plan designed to promote equal opportunity in every aspect of agency personnel policy and practice.

EEOC Policy Statement on Affirmative Action (29 CFR §1607.17)

The goal of an affirmative action plan is the achievement of genuine equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. Selection under an affirmative action plan should be based upon the ability of the applicant to do the work. Affirmative action plans do not require the selection of the unqualified, or the unneeded, nor do they require the selection of persons on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

Equal Employment Opportunities & Non-Discrimination Laws

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

Prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, or national origin.

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Prohibits discrimination against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals in all employment practices, including job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation and training.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)

Protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

Protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.

Ohio Revised Code Section 4112.02

The state law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI)

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.