Civil Rights


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Civil Rights

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is committed to eliminating and remedying unlawful discrimination in employment and in the delivery of services, through the development of policies and programs regarding civil rights in the state transportation arena.  It is our goal to ensure that employment opportunities and transportation programs, activities and services are provided in a non-discriminatory manner.

IDOT is actively engaged in a series of initiatives, employs investigative strategies, and develops and implements equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs in accordance with state and federal law to ensure we reach our goals.


Public Meeting Special Accommodations

Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that an individual with a disability not be denied the opportunity to participate in any government program, service or activity because a public entity's facilities are inaccessible. Section 504 is also applicable if Federal financial assistance in involved. 

IDOT provides special accommodations to individuals with a disability at all Public Meetings. Requests for special accommodations should be made as soon as possible but at least six days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Contact information for special accommodations varies from event to event. 

Public Right of Way

The public right-of-way is a complex space serving multiple users and functions. The sidewalk and street crossing network is the basic unit of pedestrian mobility and its surfaces support all of us—from children to elders—in both pleasant and inclement weather. Private, transit, and commercial vehicles vie with pedestrians for right-of-way width. All modes of travel, including motor vehicles, rail transit, and foot traffic share time and space at intersections.

Our extensive system of existing roadways is constantly being improved. The vast majority of work in the public right-of-way environment is reconstruction, alteration work, not new construction. The bulk of public works funds are used to maintain and to make changes in those existing environments, rather than to create new facilities. Each altered element must be accessible to and usable by people who have disabilities, to the maximum extent feasible.

IDOT is committed to making Illinois accessible to everyone and to increasing awareness about accessibility in the public right-of-way within the State of Illinois.  For more information, please visit the IDOT ADA and Accessibility section of the site. 

Employment/Title I

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant's disability before a job offer is made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship. Religious entities with 15 or more employees are covered under title I.

Employees and/or applicants with employment issues should complete the Title I complaint form listed below.

Open Meetings Act (OMA)

According to 5 ILCS 120/Open Meetings Act, it is the public policy of Illinois that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business. In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public bodies be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.

IDOT participates in task forces and committees that are sometimes subject to the OMA such as the Illinois Traffic Records Coordinating Committee.  Procurement meetings with vendors are also subject to to the OMA.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

According to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1, pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act.  Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.

For information regarding access to IDOT's records, as well as which records are available for reasonable public inspection, please view the following policy:

For IDOT FOIA requests, please send an email to  Or mail to:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Office of Chief Counsel FOIA Officer
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764

Equal Opportunities

IDOT Employment

The Illinois Department of Transportation supports equality and advancement for all people based on their qualifications and actions alone, without regard to color, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disability. IDOT not only offers you interesting and challenging work, but a career that will affect the transportation system for the motoring public now and for many years in the future.

To explore employment vacancies as well as the many outreach and training opportunities IDOT provides, please visit the Employment & Opportunities section of the website.

IDOT Business

IDOT is committed to maintaining the state's transportation infrastructure through a partnership with construction and consulting firms. IDOT is also committed to providing an array of services to assist Illinois businesses succeed in pursuing transportation-related construction and consulting opportunities. IDOT continually strives to ensure that contracts are awarded to qualified businesses and recognizes the importance of maximizing contract participation opportunities for socially and/or economically disadvantaged business owners throughout the state.

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a federally mandated program that provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses an opportunity to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federal and state funded.

For more information on becoming a certified DBE, please visit the DBE Certification page.

DBE Compliance is ensured by IDOT's EEO Contract Compliance Officers. Compliance is ensured in three main areas of transportation related projects: DBE goal credit, labor and EEO reviews and DBE monitoring.

For more information on DBE Compliance and for a list of compliance officers, please visit the DBE Compliance page.


The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, establishes a code of fair information practices that governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies. A system of records is a group of records under the control of an agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual or by some identifier assigned to the individual.

The IDOT Web Privacy Statement ensures that information collected and received through IDOT's websites may become public record and therefore subject to disclosure under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. It is therefore the policy of the IDOT that no personal information you provide to us, including, but not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, drivers license number, Social Security Number and email address will be sold or rented to any entity or individual or disclosed to any unauthorized entity or individual. The release of personal information by the Departments under the control of the Governor shall be limited, according to Illinois law, to the State of Illinois government agencies and/or to authorized Department contractors or grantees.

Equal Rights

ADA and Section 504

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.  The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.  To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability.

An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, like the ADA, protects qualified individuals with disabilities.  Under this law, individuals with disabilities are defined as persons with a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities.  People who have a history of, or who are regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, are also covered.  

To learn more about ADA and Section 504, please click here.    

If you have any questions about IDOT's policies and programs related to ADA and Section 504, please contact:

Carlos Ramirez
Chief, Bureau of Civil Rights
ADA Coordinator, EEO/AA Officer
Illinois Department of Transportation
100 W. Randolph, Suite 6-600
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Chicago: 312/793-1443
Springfield: 217/782-0152
Email :

Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by government agencies that receive Federal funds.  If an agency is found in violation of Title VI, that agency may lose its Federal funding.  No person in the United States shall be excluded from participation in or otherwise discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 

For more information regarding Title VI complaint procedures, forms and requirements, please review the documents below.  If you have questions or need additional information regarding Title VI, please contact the IDOT Bureau of Civil Rights via the information in the 'Contact Us' tab.  

Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by covered employers based on race, color, national origin, religion, or sex.  Title VII applies to and covers an employer "who has 15 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year."  The Act does not apply to employers with less than 15 employees.  Title VII also prohibits discrimination against an individual because of his or her association with another individual of a particular race, color, national origin, religion, sex. 

The documents below provide information regarding the complaint process as well as the complaint form for IDOT employees and applicatants who feel they have experienced discrimination.

Sexual Harassment

The Illinois Human Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1991, protects Illinois employees and students from sexual harassment.  The law is enforced by the Illinois Department of Human Rights. 

It is the policy of IDOT to ensure the workplace is free from sexual harassment.  The department's policy on sexual harassment protects applicants and employees against sexual harassment and protects an employee who files a sexual harassment complaint from retaliation.  IDOT employees who feel they have experienced sexual harassment can contact the IDOT Bureau of Civil Rights via the information on the "Contact Us" tab on this page.

Contact Us

IDOT Bureau of Civil Rights

Illinois Department of Transportation
Bureau of Civil Rights
2300 Dirksen Parkway, Room 317
Springfield, Illinois 62764
(217) 782-2762
TTY (866)-273-3681


Title VII Contact Information

Illinois Department of Human Rights
222 South College, Room 101
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 785-5100
TTY (866) 740-2953

Illinois Department of Human Rights
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-6200

Illinois Department of Human Rights
Marion State Regional Office Building
2309 W. Main Street, Suite 112
Marion, Illinois 62959
(618) 993-7463
(618) 993-7464 (Fax)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
500 West Madison Street, Suite 2800
Chicago, Illinois 60661
(312) 353-2713
TTY (312) 869-8001

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1222 Spruce Street, Room 8-100
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 539-7800
TTY (314) 425-6547