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DART lays out plans to avoid potential issues in future

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit has been under federal investigation for possible discrimination for the way it hires and the way it promotes.

Now, DART has sent the government a plan to right what could be going wrong.

The Federal Transit Administration began its investigation after receiving an equal employment complaint, alleging DART discriminated in hiring and promoting black women over age 40.

The FTA found no discrimination in that complaint, but did identify classes of people where there could be "…potential adverse impact” (to blacks, Hispanics, whites and Asian Americans)" in some areas at DART.

“They found nothing to support the claim, but they've asked us to take some additional steps,” said Morgan Lyons with DART. “We've done that.”

In its course of remedial action prepared for the FTA, DART wrote in part, “…DART will comply with the cautionary federal guidance and monitor those categories for which ‘potential adverse impact’ has been identified. DART will continue to take steps to ensure that ‘potential adverse impact’ does not develop into adverse impact/discrimination.”

“What we'll be doing is looking at training…looking at how executive managers are involved in the hiring process and see if there are any gaps,” said Lyons.

DART will also have more focused EEO training and will enhance efforts to encourage women and minorities participate in development of leadership programs. Additionally, all hiring decisions will be reviewed and feedback will be given to the top three internal applicants not promoted so that they can do a better job next time around.

Former DART employee Vera Moore, who has a master's degree, was passed over for a promotion to administrative assistant, and another former employee, Catherine McCullough, whose college education was paid for by DART, was passed over for promotion in the procurement department where she worked a decade.

Both women filed EEO and FTA complaints. Their complaints were filed after the agency began investigating DART, and they’re still being reviewed.

DART has not yet heard back from the government to know if its remedial plan is acceptable to keep the transit agency in the right lane on promoting and hiring.

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