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NJ TRANSIT's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EO/AA) is responsible for ensuring organizational compliance with New Jersey Transit's Equal Opportunity policies, federal and state laws and regulations that prohibit unlawful discrimination. Specifically, the EO/AA Office leads organizational coordination and compliance with requirements under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and DOT Environmental Justice Policy. In addition, the EO/AA Office also conducts investigations of internal and external complaints of discrimination that are in violation of NJ TRANSIT's Equal Opportunity policies, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the American with Disabilities Act, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD).

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, it is the policy of NJ TRANSIT to promote equal opportunity through its employment practices, that ensure the full realization of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, national origin, age, ancestry, creed, marital status, familial status, domestic partnership status, civil unions, veteran (including liability for service in the armed forces), disability or genetic status, including refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available the results of a genetic test.

In accordance with Executive Order 11246 and FTA Circular 4704.1, NJ TRANSIT takes proactive measures to recruit, hire, train, educate and promote qualified minority and female group members who are under represented in its workforce.

NJ TRANSIT's Internal Discrimination Complaint Procedures:

A customer or employee who believes that he or she has been subject to any form of discrimination or harassment, based upon his or her membership in a protected category, should promptly report the incident to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Complaints may also be filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR) or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (USEEOC).

Filing a Discrimination Complaint with NJ TRANSIT:

Online: Complaints may be filed using our online form.

By Mail: Complaints may be filed by mail with NJ TRANSIT. The mailing address is:

NJ TRANSIT
Office of Civil Rights - EEO
One Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105

What Happens to My Discrimination Complaint filed with NJ TRANSIT?

Once a complaint is received, it will be assigned to an investigator. In instances where additional information is needed, the investigator will contact the complainant in writing. Failure of the complainant to provide the requested information by a certain date may result in the administrative closure of the complaint or a delay in resolution.

Based upon receipt of all the information required, the Office of EO/AA will investigate a complaint usually within 90 days of receipt. If there is a simultaneous filing of a complaint with NJ TRANSIT, and an external entity, this may expand the timing of the complaint resolution. A complaint must be filed no later than 365 days from the date of the alleged discrimination.

Upon completion of the investigation, a response will be sent to the complainant, including notification of his/her right to file a complaint externally.

Filing a Complaint Directly with the NJDCR or USEEOC:

Complaints may be filed by mail with the NJDCR. The mailing address is:

31 Clinton Street
Third Floor
P.O. Box 46001
Newark, NJ 07102

Complaints may be filed by mail with the USEEOC. The mailing address is:

One Newark Center
Twenty-First Floor
Raymond Blvd at McCarter Highway (Rt. 21)
Newark, NJ 07102-5233.

What happens to my Discrimination Complaint filed with NJDCR or USEEOC?

A complaint must be filed with the NJDCR no later than 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination incident;

A complaint must be filed with the USEEOC between 180-300 days, from the date of the alleged discrimination act, depending on the type of discrimination;

Once a complaint is filed with the external agency their internal complaint procedure will control the process. Contact each agency directly for further details.

Environmental Justice

Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, requires the U.S. Department of Transportation(DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), to make environmental justice (EJ) part of it's mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and/ or low-income populations (collectively "EJ populations"). Environmental justice includes incorporating environmental justice and non-discrimination principles into transportation planning and decision-making processes as well as project-specific environmental reviews.

In May 2012, DOT issued an updated internal Order, Actions to address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (DOT Order). The DOT Order updates the Department's original Environmental Justice Order, which was published April 15, 1997. The DOT Order continues to be a key component of the Department's strategy to promote the principles of environmental justice in all the Departmental programs, policies, and activities.

DOT Order 5610.2(a) sets forth the DOT policy to consider environmental justice principles in all DOT programs, policies, and activities. NJ TRANSIT upholds and abides by the principles of Environmental Justice, and operates in accordance with EO 12898.

Affirmative Action Program (AAP)

In accordance with Executive Order 11246 and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) circular 4704.1, NJ TRANSIT has prepared an affirmative action program to implement equal employment opportunity. This program conforms to federal regulations in which NJ TRANSIT takes proactive measures to recruit, hire, train, educate and promote qualified individuals from (protected) groups that in the past, have been excluded from or given limited consideration for employment opportunities because of their membership in a specific group (females and minorities).