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It is the policy of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOTSHA) to maintain a strong Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program. SHA is committed to uphold the Governor of Maryland’s policy for zero tolerance of any unfair employment practices as required under Executive Order 01.01.2017.16 Code of Fair Employment Practices. The policy states that ALL personnel actions concerning any employee or applicant for employment will be made based on merit and fitness, without regard to:

  • Age
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Race
  • Color
  • Political or Religious Affiliation, Belief or Opinion
  • Creed
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Mental or Physical Disability
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Genetic information
  • Pregnancy

Additionally, MDOT SHA adheres to the requirements of state and federal non-discrimination statutes. The State’s Title 20 guarantees equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information and pregnancy.

Federal statutes include:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion and national origin and includes prohibitions against retaliation and sexual harassment.
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 makes it unlawful for discrimination based on genetic information, including information about an individual’s genetic tests, genetic tests of a family member and family medical history.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA & ADAAA) which prohibits discrimination in employment based upon a disability.
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which makes it unlawful to discriminate against an applicant or employee because of age, if over 40 years of age.
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires that employees receive the same pay for the same work regardless of the employee’s gender.

Every MDOT SHA employee has the right to work in an environment that is free of both discrimination and any form of harassment. In strict compliance with Federal and State laws, any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, will not be tolerated.

Our goal is to promote employee involvement, teamwork, recognition and inclusion. As our workforce becomes more diverse, MDOT SHA will continue to promote Diversity Awareness Initiatives, sexual harassment training and other training experiences that will educate and enrich managers, supervisors and employees about their obligations, rights, and protections.

Responsibility for implementation of the Title VII Program has been assigned to various key officials, managers, and EEO personnel. However, all employees in MDOT SHA should work cooperatively to achieve equal opportunity and affirmative action throughout MDOT SHA.

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