Equal Employment Opportunity

STATEMENT OF EEO POLICY

The City of Billings MET Transit Division 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. 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.

The City of Billings MET Transit Division Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to: recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, discipline, termination, rates of pay and 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.  If you believe you have experienced discrimination based upon protected EEO categories or rights, you may complete a complaint form or contact the EEO Coordinaton, EEO Department Specialist, Department/Division Management, or Human Resources

MET 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.

While the City of Billings City Administrator, Chris Kukulski, retains overall responsibility and accountability for compliance with the City of Billings EEO Policy and Program, the Aviation and Transit Director, Kevin Ploehn, directly ensures compliance with MET Transit Division specific policies within the Department. To ensure day-to-day management, including program preparation, monitoring, and complaint investigation, the City has appointed Karla Stanton, Human Resources Director (stantonk@billingsmt.gov) as the EEO Coordinator for overall City of Billings Operations and reports directly to the City Administrator and will act with authority to ensure proper program implementation and execution. Within the Aviation and Transit Department, Paul Totton, Airport Operations Supervisor (tottonp@billingsmt.gov) will serve as MET Transit’s EEO Department Specialist. Paul will report directly to the Aviation and Transit Director. All MET Transit executives, management, and supervisory personnel, share in the responsibility for implementing and monitoring the EEO Policy and Program within their respective areas and will be assigned specific tasks to ensure compliance is achieved. MET Transit will evaluate its managers’ and supervisors’ performance on their successful implementation of the policies and procedures, in the same way MET Transit assesses their performance regarding other agency goals.

The City of Billings and MET Transit are committed to undertaking and developing a written nondiscrimination program that sets forth the policies, practices and procedures to which the agency is committed and make the EEO Program available for inspection by any employee or applicant for employment upon request.

The City of Billings and Aviation and Transit Administration are 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 the EEO Policy and Program.