Civil Rights

Civil Rights

We are committed to fulfilling our obligations under federal and state civil rights laws and equal employment requirements. This includes supporting our contractors, consultants and sub-recipients in achieving full compliance with these laws and requirements.

We strive to be a model agency with respect to:

  • Promoting diversity and equal employment opportunities within our workforce
  • Developing opportunities for meaningful participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises
  • Delivering services, programs and activities in a nondiscriminatory manner

Major Program Areas

ADA

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acts of 1973, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation ("RIDOT") will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

While Section 504 applies only to the federal government and recipients of federal funds, Title II of the ADA applies to all state and local governments, regardless of funding source.

The ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections to any qualified person with a disability; it forbids discrimination not only in government programs, benefits and services, but also in employment practices, access to public accommodations, and telecommunications. The primary objective of our ADA program is to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. If you have questions, please contact our ADA Coordinator at 401-222-3260 x4499.

Explore the following links to learn more:

Equal Employment Opportunity

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and forbids retaliatory actions taken against individuals who report discrimination or participate in the investigation of alleged discrimination. RIDOT complies with Title VII and other federal and state mandates and adheres to equal employment opportunity (EEO) principles for all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, or national origin.

In order to create a more effective and representative internal workforce, we encourage the hiring, training, and promotion of persons within protected classes to reflect more accurately the available workforce in our state.

On-the-Job-Training

The Federal Highway Administration's On-the-Job Training Program requires us to establish apprenticeship and training programs targeted for women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals. While developing a competent workforce available to meet highway construction hiring needs, our goal is to address the historical under-representation of these groups in highway construction skilled crafts.

Our primary objective is to increase the overall effectiveness of our program in connection with Federal-aid highway construction projects.

Title VI/Environmental Justice

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination in any federally-assisted program or activity. Title VI and several other anti-discrimination directives are the foundation of our Title VI Program.

As a recipient of federal funds, we take our nondiscrimination obligations seriously. We pledge that we will not, on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or income status, either directly or by contract:

  • Deny any service, aid, or other benefits;
  • Provide a service, aid, or benefit that is different than what is provided to others; or
  • Segregate individuals or treat individuals separately in any matter related to any service, aid or other benefits.

Explore the links below to learn more about our Title VI Program: