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2007 No Fear Report Dot

2007 No Fear Report Dot

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u.s,
DEPARTMENTOFTRANSPORTATION
FiscalYear2007AnnualReporttoCongressontheNotificationandFederalEmployeeAntidiscriminationandRetaliationActof2002
OfficeoftheSecretaryDepartmentalOfficeofCivilRights
 
TABLEOFCONTENTS
I.ExecutiveSummary1II.Introduction,.,3III.
Background
3
IV..Data,,4
V.AnalysisofTrends,CausalAnalysis,andPracticalKnowledge
GainedThroughExperience,8VI..AdjustmenttoBudget
1-,
11
VII.DOT'sActionsPlannedorTakentoImproveComplaintor
CivilRightsPrograms
,f
11
APPENDIXA:DOT'sAccomplishmentsUpdate13APPENDIXB:DOTNoFEAR2007FiscalYearTotals16
APPENDIXC:EEOPolicyStatement~47
APPENDIXD:PreventionofHarassmentPolicyStatement.48APPENDIXE:WhistIeblowingPolicyStatement49
APPENDIXF:CivilCases
1-1-1-
50APPENDIXG:AdministrativeCases52
 
I.
EXECUTIVESUMMARY
TheU.S.DepartmentofTransportation(DOT)providesitsAnnualReporttoCongressasrequiredbySection203oftheNotificationandFederalEmployeeAntidiscriminationandRetaliationActof2002("NoFEARAct"),PublicLaw107-174.Also,DOTreportsonthenumberofcasesthatwerefiledinFederalcourtwhichresultedinjudgments,awardsorcompromisesettlements;thedispositionofthosecases;moneyrequiredtobereimbursed;andthenumberofemployeesdisciplinedfordiscrimination,retaliation,harassment,orotherinfractionsofaprovisionoflawcitedinSection201(c)oftheNoFEARAct.Therewere43FederalcourtcasespendingduringFiscalYear(FY)2007.Amongthisnumber,37Federalcourtcases(86percent)includedallegedviolationsoftheCivilRightsActof1964(42U.S.C.
§
2000eet
W
("TitleVII").Therewere5cases(12percent)thatincludedallegationsoftheAgeDiscriminationinEmploymentAct("ADEA")(29U.S.C.§§631,633a);and7cases(16percent)includedallegedviolationsoftheRehabilitationActof1973("Rehab.Act")(29U.S.C.§791).lAlso,therewere9Federalcourtcasesthatwereresolvedduringthefiscalyear.Amongthisnumber,4casesresultedinpaymentsfromtheJudgmentFund,andallincludedallegedviolationsofTitleVII.Therewerenojudgments,awards,orcompromisedsettlementspaidfromtheJudgmentFundonbehalfofDOTforretaliationundertheWhistleblowerProtectionAct.Itisimportanttonote,inFY2007DOTexperiencedadeclineinthenumberofFederalcourtcasesthatresultedinjudgments,awardsandcompromisesettlementsincomparisontothepreviousfiscalyear.DOTreimbursedtheJudgmentFundatotalof$488,533.95duringFY2007,forFederalcourtjudgments,awardsandcompromisesettlements.Thisamountincluded$300,000,whichwasseparatelydesignatedasattomeys'fees.NoDOTemployeesweredisciplinedfordiscrimination,retaliation,harassmentorotherinfractionsofaprovisionoflawcitedintheNoFEARActstemmingfromtheFederalcourtcases.However,DOTtook56disciplinaryactionsagainstemployeesforviolatingantidiscrimination,harassmentorretaliationpoliciesissuedbytheOperatingAdministrations.Therewere475administrativecomplaintsfiledagainstDOTduringFY2007.
2
Amongthose475complaints,thegreatestnumberofcasesfiledincludedclaimedviolationsofTitleVII.
3
DuringFY2006,therewere484administrativecomplaintsfiledagainstDOT.Bycomparison,thenumberofadministrativecomplaintsfiledduringFY2007declined
I
SomeoftheseFederalcourtcasesinvolvedmorethanoneantidiscriminationlaw.Forexample,acasemayhaveincludedviolationsofTitleVIIandtheADEA.Therefore,thetotalnumberofcasesreportedaretheactualnumbersofcasespending,buteachcasemayinvolvemorethanoneantidiscriminationlaw.
2
Althoughtherewere475complaintsfiled,therewere452filedindividually.
3
AccordingtotheEEOCForm462AnnualFederalEqualEmploymentReportofDiscriminationComplaintsforFY2007,331complaintsinvolvedclaimsofTitleVII,123involvedclaimsoftheADEA,70involvedclaimsoftheRehab.Act;and6involvedclaimsoftheEqualPayAct("EPA")(29U.S.C.216(b».

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