Civil Rights Division

Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division ensures that RTD upholds the civil rights of the agency's employees and customers. Working across agency departments and with diverse community partners, together we proactively pursue fairness, inclusion and equal opportunities in employment and small business development while also striving to provide historically underrepresented communities with equal access to public transit services and programs. Additionally, the Civil Rights Division enforces federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability and other protected characteristics both for the agency’s employees and its customers. In sum, our mission is to support RTD in making lives better through connections by working towards diversity, equity, inclusion, equal opportunity and belonging.

The Civil Rights Division is comprised of four offices: the Americans with Disabilities Act Office, the Small Business Opportunity Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office and the Transit Equity Office.

Offices in the Civil Rights Division

Americans With Disabilities Act OfficeThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Office oversees RTD's compliance with Titles II and III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination based on disability and requires RTD to make the agency’s public transportation system accessible to persons with disabilities.Small Business Opportunity OfficeThe Small Business Opportunity (SBO) Office aims to provide small and disadvantaged business enterprises (S/DBE) with equal access to RTD contracting opportunities. The SBO Office also manages the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certification Program.Transit Equity OfficeThe Transit Equity Office (TEO) oversees RTD’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. TEO informs equitable decision-making agency-wide by performing data analyses and providing opportunities for meaningful community engagement with historically underrepresented populations. TEO also has a Title VI complaint procedure to guarantee that all customers can ride without experiencing discrimination or unfair treatment. Further, TEO manages RTD’s language access program, which aims to make the agency’s services and programs more accessible to linguistically diverse customers.Equal Employment Opportunity OfficeThe Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office ensures that no employee or applicant is unlawfully excluded from opportunities based on their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or gender, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, military service and marital status. The EEO Office does this by investigating workplace harassment and discrimination, implementing RTD’s EEO Program Plan, training employees on their rights and responsibilities and ensuring equity in the hiring process as well as the agency’s employment practices.
January 11 2024 5:11 PM MST

RTD commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr .

Diversity Spotlight celebrates the diversity of RTD employees and the larger community that RTD serves, and it fosters an appreciation of our social and cultural similarities and differences. Diversity Spotlight supports RTD’s values of passion, respect, diversity, trustworthiness, collaboration and ownership.
December 13 2023 2:24 PM MST

RTD Civil Rights Mixtape!

RTD recently collaborated with Joie Ha from Community Organizing for Radical Empathy and Evan Weissman from Warm Cookies of the Revolution, an all-star cast of performers/artists, panelists, community members and the RTD Civil Rights Division for this exciting piece of work.
October 13 2023 3:00 AM MDT

Colorado Proud: Honoring Latina leader and lifelong public servant Rosemary Rodriguez

RTD salutes Rosemary Rodriguez, a longtime RTD customer and Colorado Latina leader who continues to make a positive impact through her dedication to community and civic service.
July 2 2023 9:00 AM MDT

RTD celebrates 59th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act. The law prohibited discrimination in public places, mandated the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal.
June 29 2023 3:00 PM MDT

Intergovernmental agreement breaks barriers for commuting Denver International Airport employees

Denver City Council approved an agreement between Denver International Airport (DEN) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to provide the lowest EcoPass rate for all concessionaire (shop and restaurant) employees at DEN.
June 21 2023 11:20 AM MDT

RTD to support PrideFest parade and 5K race this weekend with additional capacity on light rail service to downtown

To accommodate PrideFest events this weekend, RTD will add extra train cars to D, E, H and W light rail lines. The festival is not expected to impact rail service, but multiple bus routes will need to detour to accommodate the events.
May 25 2023 12:30 PM MDT

Colorado Proud: RTD celebrates AAPI leader Fran Campbell

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Federal legislation, executive orders, state laws and other acts of authority form the backbone of the Civil Rights Division, including (but not limited to):

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, guaranteeing equal employment opportunities as well as access to public information and facilities.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin (including language) under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII protects employees and job applicants from discriminatory practices by prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.