Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement
The Delaware River Port Authority and the Port Authority Transit Corporation (“the Authority”) have a strong commitment to our employees and the community we serve. As an equal employment opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. It has been the longstanding commitment of the DRPA and PATCO (The Authority) to ensure employees and others working at or visiting our facilities are treated in a dignified, respectful and non – offensive manner. The Authority strives to provide a work environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all and free from harassment in any form. In keeping with this commitment, all employees were trained by Mary M. Tiernan, Program Analyst from the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), Philadelphia District Office between August 2015 and December 2015. All employees will be trained again beginning in 2017.
Equal Employment Opportunity continues to be an important part of Authority personnel policies. The Authority actively promotes this policy and complies with applicable governmental laws and regulations. We will continue to recruit, hire, upgrade, train and promote, transfer, demote, layoff, terminate, determine rates of pay and other forms of compensation, and treat employees in all job titles without regard to a person's race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, disability or other protected group characteristic. Employment decisions will continue to reflect our commitment to furthering the principles of the Authority's Equal Employment Opportunity policy. We remain committed to taking affirmative steps to identify problem areas, and develop strategies to ensure equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals.
Full equality of opportunity and an environment which is harassment-free is an absolute right of every employee and applicant, for employment. Assurance of these rights is the responsibility of every chief, director, manager and supervisor. Pursuant to the Authority’s Shared Values, and in particular the Shared Value of “Diversity and Inclusion;” all management and supervisory will be responsible for holding all employees to the standards set forth in the Authority’s EEO policies, and will be evaluated based on the success of the EEO Program in the same manner that the Authority evaluates their performance in other Authority programs.
As the Chief Executive Officer of DRPA and President of PATCO, I maintain overall responsibility and accountability for the Authority’s compliance with its EEO Policy and Program. To ensure day-to-day management, including program preparation, monitoring, and complaint investigation, I have appointed Toni P. Brown, Chief Administrative Officer as the Authority’s EEO Officer. Ms. Brown reports directly to me and acts with my authority with all levels of management, labor unions, and employees. All Authority executives, management, and supervisory personnel, however, share in the responsibility for implementing and monitoring the Authority’s EEO Policy and Program within their respective areas and will be assigned specific tasks to ensure compliance is achieved. The Authority will evaluate the performance of its managers and supervisors on their successful implementation of the Authority’s policies and procedures, in the same way the Authority assesses their performance regarding other Authority goals.
The Authority is committed to undertaking and developing a written nondiscrimination program, including policies, practices and procedures, with goals and timetable, to which the Authority is committed and which are available for review. For more information about the Authority’s EEO Program please contact Ms. Brown by telephone at (856) 928-2270 or by email at email@example.com.
Authority employees and applicants for employment may report any concerns regarding matters covered by this policy or file a charge or complaint of discrimination with Toni P. Brown at (856) 968-2270 or to Raymond Santarelli, General Counsel, at (856) 968-2407. Ms. Brown and Mr. Santarelli both have offices at One Port Center. Retaliation against an individual who files a charge or complaint of discrimination, participates in an employment discrimination proceeding (such as an investigation or lawsuit), or otherwise engages in protected activity is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. The Authority is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who need them because of a disability or to practice or observe their religion, absent undue hardship.
As you know, on May 20, 2015 the Board, under the leadership of Chairman Ryan N. Boyer and Vice-Chairman Jeffery L. Nash established a Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee to reaffirm the solid support for equal employment and contracting opportunities for all. We believe that equal employment opportunity supports the achievement of Authority’s mission, vision, shared values and goals. We reaffirm this pledge of fair and equal opportunity and look forward to your continued support of this important policy.
I am personally committed to a workplace that acts upon its daily responsibility to treat all employees and applicants for employment with dignity and respect, as well as equitably under the guidelines of our EEO Policy and Program.
John T. Hanson
Chief Executive Officer, DRPA