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Title VII Equal Employment Opportunity Program


MnDOT is responsible for ensuring equal opportunity for employment in the construction trades on state and federally funded projects regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status and status with regard to public assistance. The Equal Employment Opportunity Program requires contractors to actively recruit women and minority applicants for employment in accordance with federal and state EEO laws and MnDOT policies. The EEO program requires a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and violence.

A team of Contract Compliance Specialists (PDF) manage the EEO program. They perform in-depth EEO project reviews as required by federal regulation, monitor the implementation of EEO requirements and investigate and resolve EEO concerns on projects. The Contract Compliance Specialists manage the On-the-Job Training Program and Supportive Services Programs which are administered to recruit, train and place minority and women applicants with highway construction contractors.

The Contract Compliance Specialists work with Tribal Employment Rights Offices, contractors, and MnDOT districts to ensure appropriate application of Tribal sovereignty when highway contracting occurs on Tribal reservations.

On-the-Job Training Program

The Federal Highway Administration On-the-Job policy requires MnDOT to establish apprenticeship and training programs targeted at the development and promotion of women, minorities, and disadvantaged persons into journey level positions. The training and programs assist Minnesota in maintaining a competent workforce available to meet highway heavy construction needs, and address the historical under-representation of members of these groups in highway construction skilled crafts.

Currently, MnDOT has an established OJT Program and an OJT Special Provision that has been approved by FHWA. The OJT Program involves shared responsibilities between the FHWA, MnDOT and the construction contractors. Some responsibilities include development of statewide training goals and assigning contract training goals to projects.

Local Hiring Preference

USDOT approved a pilot program on an experimental basis with a particular interest in contracts where state DOTs wish to use a local or other geographic labor hiring preference, an economic-based labor hiring preference (i.e., low income workers), and/or a labor hiring preference for veterans. The goal of the Local Hiring Preference Pilot Program is to promote hiring opportunities for residents of Hennepin County on three highway heavy construction projects. More about the Local Hiring Preference Program.

What are the state and federal Equal Employment Opportunity goals?

Separate from the FHWA On-the-Job Training policy, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has the responsibility to issue equal employment opportunity goals for minority and women participation on state-funded construction projects. Minority employment goals are established for each county in the state. MnDOT has the authority and responsibility to monitor minority and women employment on state-funded, transportation construction projects.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has the authority and responsibility to establish and monitor EEO goals at the federal level.

MnDOT currently publishes both state and federal EEO goals inall contracts. State and federal EEO goals are measured as a percentage of total hours of labor performed by the contractor's total workforce in each trade, for all construction work in given geographic areas.

Special provisions and forms

Compliance Review Report (EEO 8) PDF, Word
Contractor Employment Compliance Report (EEO 13) PDF, Word
Contractor Employment Compliance Report With Instructions (EEO 13) PDF, Word
Contractor Employment Data Form (EEO 12) PDF
Contractor Employment Data Form With Instructions (EEO 12) PDF, Word
Contractor Workforce Analysis (EEO 7) PDF, Word
FHWA-1273 Required Contract Provisions for all Subcontracts (with federal funds) PDF
EEO Special Provisions PDF
Form FHWA PR-1391 Excel

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Training and development

Pilot projects


Program reports

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