Legal & Policies

This section will cover each of our legal policies and statutes.

Notice of Non-discrimination

Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statutes and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Therefore, ORT does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), or low-income status in the admission, access to and treatment in the ORT programs and activities, as well as the ORT hiring or employment practices.

Complaints of alleged discrimination and inquiries regarding the ORT non-discrimination policies may be directed to:

 

Joel Gardner
Executive Director (ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator)
2423 East Robinson, Springdale, Arkansas, 72764
(479) 756-5901

 

or the following email address: ortinformation@ozark.org.
Free language assistance for Limited English Proficient individuals is available upon request.
This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape, and in Braille.

 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

  • The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DDB) Program at Ozark Regional Transit encourages and supports the participation of the companies owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in transportation contracts.

  • The program is federally-funded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and administered by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

  • AHTD provides a central business directory for transportation-related minority and women-owned businesses, provide statewide certification to eligible businesses, and provide technical assistance and training on business development and government contracting.

  • To participate in federally-funded contracts under the DBE Program, firms must be certified with the AHTD.

 
 

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Policy Statement

Ozark Regional Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.

 

Ozark Regional Transit Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

 

All applicants and employees have the right to file complaints alleging discrimination. 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.

 

Ozark Regional Transit 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 Ozark Regional Transit's Executive Director, I maintain overall responsibility and accountability for Ozark Regional Transit's compliance with its EEO Policy and Program. To ensure day-to-day management, including program preparation, monitoring, and complaint investigation, I have appointed Gail Delancey, Human Resource Manager, gdelancey@ozark.org or 479-756-5901 as Ozark Regional Transit's EEO Officer. Gail Delancey will report directly to me and acts with my authority with all levels of management and employees.

 

All Ozark Regional Transit executives, management, and supervisory personnel, however, share in the responsibility for implementing and monitoring Ozark Regional Transit's EEO Policy and Program within their respective areas and will be assigned specific tasks to ensure compliance is achieved. Ozark Regional Transit will evaluate its managers and supervisor’s performance on their successful implementation of Ozark Regional Transit's policies and procedures, in the same way Ozark Regional Transit assesses their performance regarding other agency's goals.

 

Ozark Regional Transit is committed to undertaking and developing a written nondiscrimination program that sets forth the policies, practices, and procedures, with goals and timetables, to which the agency is committed and make the EEO Program available for inspection by any employee or applicant for employment upon request.

 

I am personally committed to a workplace that acts upon its daily responsibility to treat all applicants and employees with dignity and respect, as well as equitably under the guidelines of our EEO Policy and Program.

Title VI Assurance

ORT (hereinafter referred to as "Recipient") hereby agrees that, as a condition to receiving any federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation (DOT), it will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 194, 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d-42, USC 2000-d-4 (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), and all requirements imposed by or pursuant to Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, DOT, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the DOT effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (hereinafter referred to as the "regulations"), and other pertinent directives. No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under and program or activity for which the Recipient receives Federal Financial Assistance from the DOT, including the FTA and hereby gives assurance that it will promptly take any measures necessary to effectuate this agreement. This assurance is required by subsection 21.7(a) of the Regulations.