The North Dakota Department of Transportation is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination in its state, federal, and federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, limited English proficiency, genetics, political opinion or affiliation, status with regard to marriage or public assistance, or participation in lawful activity off NDDOT's premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of NDDOT. In addition, NDDOT ensures that all beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries of these programs are offered an equal participation opportunity. NDDOT also protects the civil rights of its employees and applicants for employment.
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Certifies eligible minority, female, and other socially and economically disadvantaged owned businesses under the rules and regulations of the federal DBE/ACDBE guidelines.
Ensures that federal-aid highway construction projects valued at more than $10,000 include minority and female employees on construction crews. Formal compliance reviews document contractor efforts.
Provides training for minority, female, and economically disadvantaged individuals in the skilled craft classifications used by contractors on highway construction projects.
Ensures that Davis-Bacon wage rates and fringe benefits are paid to highway construction workers on federal-aid contracts valued at more than $2,000 and subsequent subcontracts. Certified payroll monitoring and a formal complaint process document contractor compliance.
Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
NDDOT prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in its transportation programs, activities, and services in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunities.
Ensures that the recruitment and selection of regular and temporary employees for the North Dakota Department of Transportation is done in a discrimination-free manner; that the work environment is free of discrimination; and includes procedures for the investigation of discrimination complaints. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training of all NDDOT employees is part of Title VII.
Contractors with federally funded highway construction contracts must comply with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the related contract special provisions regarding equal employment opportunity, disadvantaged business enterprise utilization, and on-the-job training. Under this program, the Civil Rights Division conducts in-depth audits on anywhere from ten to twelve contractors each year. If any deficiencies are found during the audit, the Civil Rights Division makes recommendations for corrective action.
Annually, highway construction contractors must provide on-the-job training to anywhere from 25 to 40 minority, female, or economically disadvantaged individuals. Contractors are assigned trainees based on the total amount of federal-aid work they receive each season. The contractors may choose to train equipment operators, truck drivers, concrete finishers, structural carpenters, or other skilled craft workers. Training programs run from 350 to 550 hours.
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All federally funded highway construction contracts are subject to the federal Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The U.S. Department of Labor has empowered the North Dakota Department of Transportation to enforce all pertinent labor laws pertaining to Davis-Bacon wage rates, overtime, fringe benefits, payrolls, etc. Any contractor employee who feels he or she has not been properly paid may file a wage rate complaint with the department. The Civil Rights Division investigates the complaint and recovers any back wages found due.
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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and its related statutes and regulations, protects employees from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, political opinion or affiliation, status with regard to marriage or public assistance, or participation in lawful activity off NDDOT's premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of NDDOT. This protection covers all phases of employment. Title VII applies to employees and relates to employment issues only.