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EEO/Diversity Initiatives

June 8, 2018

Dear Employees/Applicants:

As the CEO/Executive Director of Metra, I hold topmost responsibility for the leadership of Metra’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program.  It is Metra’s philosophy and my mission to implement the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, by providing employment and promotional opportunities solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability, merit and potential. Metra is committed to equal employment for all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, etc.  EEO policies are applicable to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotions, terminations, transfers, layoffs, compensation, training, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment. Metra will not request or require genetic information from job applicants or employees, or otherwise discriminate against any person in employment situations on the basis of genetic information.  In hiring situations, Metra will only request personal information in compliance with EEOC reporting standards.  That information is voluntary and is maintained separately in the agency’s EEO Office.

Metra is also committed to an affirmative action plan that includes goals and timetables, in order to overcome the effects of past discrimination on minorities and women.  Where adverse impact is identified, Metra will validate the selection procedures used including doing an assessment of its non-discriminatory impact on the employment of minorities and/or women.  Successful achievement of EEO goals provides benefits to Metra through fuller utilization and development of previously underutilized human resources.

I have entrusted the responsibility for implementation and daily administration of the EEO Program to the Senior Employment, Labor Relations and EEO Officer, Barbara J. Buhai.  All Metra management personnel however, share responsibility for carrying out this program, and have specific tasks to assure compliance is achieved.  The EEO department monitors and reports progress towards the Program objectives.  Each Sr. Director/Chief Officer/Director must adhere to Metra’s EEO policies in all relationships with employees and their performance in that regard shall be monitored to ensure the program’s success.  Further, I expect any entity with which Metra does business, to support this policy by complying with all applicable federal, state and local equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.

As an applicant/employee, you have the right to a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment).  You also have the right to file a complaint alleging discrimination with the EEO Officer named above.  Retaliation, in any form, will not be tolerated.  I am committed to ensuring that your rights are protected.

Questions regarding Metra’s EEO Program should be directed to the EEO Department at 312-322-8919.

James Derwinski
CEO/Executive Director

To view a signed copy of the EEO Policy Letter, click here.

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