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Civil Rights and Transit Compliance
Civil Rights and Transit Compliance

Civil Rights Compliance Information

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.

Nondiscrimination - Title VI & Limited English Proficiency

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. ODOT also promotes accessibility of public transportation services to people with limited understanding of English by following Executive Order 13166 and as required by FTA Title VI Circular 4702.1, as amended.

ODOT’s Office of Access & Equity ensures that the department is in full compliance with Title VI and Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations, including maintaining ODOT’s Title VI Program Plan. The Office of Transit, in coordination with the Office of Access & Equity, oversees its transit agency subrecipients' compliance with FTA Circular 4702.1, as amended, and other applicable civil rights laws. Each subrecipient must submit its Title VI Program Plan to ODOT for approval, which includes assistance to related Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations.

For more information on ODOT’s Title VI Program and Language Assistance, please visit the Title VI & Non-Discrimination Programs website.

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 will 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.

ODOT’s Office of Business & Economic Opportunity ensures that the department is in full compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation’s DBE regulations, including maintaining ODOT’s DBE Program Plan. The Office of Transit, in coordination with the Office of Business & Economic Opportunity, oversees its transit agency subrecipients' compliance with 49 CFR Part 26 and other DBE regulations.

DBE Goal for Transit Projects

ODOT's Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020-2022 DBE annual participation goal for transit projects is 7.87%. This goal expires September 30, 2022. Please see ODOT's Transit DBE FFY 2020-2022 Goal & Methodology for more information.

For more information on ODOT’s DBE Program, please visit the Office of Business & Economic Opportunity website.

Nondiscrimation - Disability & ADA

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, ODOT agrees to prohibit discrimination based on disability in the administration of its federally funded programs and activities. As required by the ADA, ODOT also agrees to provide for accessible facilities and services made available to individuals with disabilities.

ODOT’s Office of Access & Equity ensures that the department is in full compliance with ADA and Section 504 laws and regulations. The Office of Transit, in coordination with the Office of Access & Equity, oversees its transit agency subrecipients' compliance with FTA Circular 4710.1, as amended, and ADA & Section 504. Each subrecipient is required to implement policies and procedures to ensure ADA/Section 504 compliant transit service.  Implementation of these policies and procedures are regularly monitored by the Office of Transit.

For more information on ODOT’s ADA/Section 504 Program, please visit the ADA & Section 504 Program website.

Equal Employment Opportunity

In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and all other applicable federal and state regulations, ODOT agrees to prohibit, and assures that each third-party participant will prohibit, employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

As provided by Executive Order 11246, "Equal Employment Opportunity," as amended, and as specified by U.S. Department of Labor regulations, ODOT will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. ODOT takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated equally during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Such action shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment, upgrading, demotion, or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship.

ODOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity ensures that the department is in full compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations, including maintaining ODOT’s Affirmative Action Plan. For more information on ODOT’s EEO Program, please visit the Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action website.