Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement
The Delaware River Port Authority and the Port Authority Transit Corporation (collectively, “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 Authority to ensure that 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. We believe that equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination support the achievement of the 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.
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.
In addition, all Authority executives, management, and supervisory personnel 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.
As you may 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 Authority’s solid support for equal employment and contracting opportunities for all.
It has been the longstanding practice of the Authority to provide formal EEO training for all employees every two (2) years. Attendance at the training is mandatory. In 2017, in keeping with the Authority’s commitment to equal opportunity, all employees were trained by Mary M. Tiernan, Program Analyst from the Equal Employment Opportunity’s (EEOC) Philadelphia District Office in 2017. All Employees will be trained again in 2019.
The Authority’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination programs, include policies, practices and procedures on EEO, sex harassment, harassment not related to sex, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, practices and procedures. The Authority actively promotes these policies 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 race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, disability or other protected group characteristic. We remain committed to taking affirmative steps to identify problem areas, and developing strategies to ensure equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals.
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 also 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 to the Authority.
For more information about the Authority's EEO and nondiscrimination programs, please contact Ms. Brown by telephone at (856) 928-2270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Authority employees may report any concerns regarding matters covered by the EEO Policy or file a charge or complaint of discrimination with Toni P. Brown at (856) 968-2270 or Raymond Santarelli, General Counsel, at (856) 968-2407. Ms. Brown and Mr. Santarelli both have offices at One Port Center. Applicants for employment may report any concerns over matters covered by EEO policy or file a complaint of improper behavior or possible discrimination by email to EEOOfficer@drpa.org.
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