RTD resolves complaint raised by former bus operator applicant, resulting in changes to hiring practices

RTD announces today that it has resolved a complaint raised by a former applicant for employment as an RTD bus operator. The complaint, filed in December 2019, involved a policy associated with RTD’s hiring practices that automatically denied employment to any applicant with more than a certain number of points on their driver’s license. The former applicant alleged that, because people of color are more likely to be pulled over and to receive points for non-serious traffic violations, this policy allegedly impacted applicants of color. 

As a result of the former applicant bringing this matter to RTD’s attention, RTD has revised its hiring practices for transit operators to conduct an individualized review of applicants’ driving records to determine suitability for employment. The agency’s human resources department has updated RTD’s hiring policy to reflect changes to its screening process and will review all HR practices annually. 

RTD remains committed to safety, and the new hiring practice will emphasize that commitment through a thorough review of each applicant’s driving record. 

RTD appreciates the applicant bringing this issue to the forefront, and the applicant appreciates RTD’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in its hiring practices and workplaces.