The Associated Press

MBTA Scolded Over Hiring Discrimination Record

BOSTON — The MBTA risks losing nearly $275 million in federal funds for noncompliance with hiring laws, according to a letter from federal transportation officials.

The letter, sent Monday by officials from the Federal Transit and Highway administrations, ordered state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and T chief Beverly Scott to submit a plan within 30 days to fix the T’s workplace discrimination problems and comply with equal employment opportunity laws.

“Lack of documentation coupled with the fact that MassDOT/MBTA received approximately 750 EEO complaints in a recent three-year time frame and expended more than $4 million in settlements and legal fees is extremely troubling and disappointing,” the officials wrote in a letter obtained by the Boston Herald.

The financially struggling Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority received $273 million in federal grants this year. It could lose the funding if it fails to comply with federal law.

The Transportation Department, the T’s parent agency, released a statement saying it was working to address the issues.

“While there has certainly been significant progress in minority and female representation over the years, we agree that more remains to be done. … We are actively working and will continue to work together with our federal partners to ensure all employees are treated fairly and with respect.

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  • pauly2468

    Cost overuns from the Big Dig were thrown onto the “financially struggling” MBTA by Romney the “moderate.”Repub.

  • Kathy

    The MBTA does not limit it’s discrimination and retaliation to its employees, but it does the same to its passengers.

    They are swimming in a sick culture. Those who were bullies in Jr High, and high school, grow up to run the MBTA, but they are still bullies.

    In the past 10 years I have seen them ‘address the problems,’ by submitting false reports, and trying to minimize the issues, and sweeping the whole thing under the rug.

    Nope, things are NOT improving at the MBTA, the more things change the more they stay the same.

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