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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

As President/Executive Director, I want to inform you of DART's Equal Employment Opportunity policy and of DART's commitment to equal opportunity. DART's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy is designed to support DART's efforts to provide quality service, enhance efficiency, and cultivate a thriving internal environment that embraces workforce diversity.

DART's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons and DART will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political opinion/affiliation or any other characteristic provided by law. DART will implement its commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity in all of its employment practices, including but not limited to:

Layoffs/Reductions in force
Compensation/Rates of Pay
Training (including apprenticeships)
Other terms and conditions of employment

A key component of the EEO policy is DART's commitment to undertake an Affirmative Action Program (AAP) which is intended to assure equal employment opportunity. When workforce underutilization exists, goals and associated timetables will be established as an integral part of the AAP. Through good faith efforts, DART is committed to the successful achievement of these goals designed to eliminate any identified underutilization. By achieving its EEO goals, DART will maximize the full potential of a diverse workforce and create an inclusive, engaged, and productive workplace where all employees contribute to DART's success. Successful achievement of EEO goals will also provide benefits to DART through fuller utilization and development of previously underutilized human resources.

Jesse Oliver, Deputy Executive Director, is DART's EEO Officer and is responsible for the administration of all EEO programs. The EEO Officer is responsible for implementation of programs regarding the Affirmative Action Plan, monitoring efforts, providing related training and processing EEO related complaints. Requests to review DART's Affirmative Action Plan may be made by writing to the Vice President of Diversity, 1401 Pacific Ave., 1st Floor, Dallas, TX 75202.

Managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring their employment decisions comply with DART's EEO Policy, federal and state laws and regulations, DART personnel policies, and DART's EEO/Affirmative Action Program. DART managers and supervisors share in the responsibility for implementing DART's EEO program and will be assigned specific tasks to assure compliance is achieved. DART managers and supervisors will be evaluated on the success of DART's EEO program the same way as their performance on other agency goals is evaluated.

DART has an internal complaint procedure that provides employees with a method to report, and to have investigated, job-related actions that involve alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation. All employees are expected to cooperate fully during the conduct of such investigations. By law, all employees are protected from coercion, intimidation, retaliation, interference or discrimination for filing a complaint or assisting in an investigation.

Employees who believe that they have been unlawfully discriminated against, or have witnessed such conduct, may file a complaint directly with the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), or directly to the EEO reporting line at 214-749-3366. Employees may also file external complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission or the Federal Transit Administration.

External applicants may file complaints of alleged employment discrimination with the DART EEO Office and/or the offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

While this document does not constitute an employment contract between DART and its employees, it embodies our endorsement of the principles of equal employment opportunity as a vital element in the Agency's continued success. In this regard, it is the intent and resolve of DART to fully comply with all applicable laws for establishing and implementing anti-discrimination policies. It is the responsibility of all employees to act in accordance with our equal employment opportunity policy.

Gary C. Thomas
President/Executive Director
Dallas Area Rapid Transit

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