NYCT Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity
Our values: We Move to Include
To promote fairness, inclusion, and equality in the administration of NYCT's employment practices, and to ensure compliance with the laws, regulations, and policies that prohibit unlawful employment discrimination in the workplace.
An inclusive work environment that embraces and fosters innovation, acknowledges all unique human characteristics, and provides tools for empowerment, increased opportunity, and unity among employees and the customers we serve.
Transit Employee Groups
An essential element of our diversity and inclusion program includes Transit Employee Groups. These groups help foster a diverse and inclusive workplace aligned with our mission, values and goals.
Transit Employee Groups are open to all employees, offer executive level sponsorship, and support the development of the Transit Diversity Advisory Council. The council advises New York City Transit management on diversity and inclusion-related matters, and champions the agency’s Employer of Choice objectives.
Our Transit Employee Groups
- ALL Generational
- BEGIN (Black Employees Group for Inclusion & Networking)
- Abilities TEG
- Empowering Women in Transit
- Latinos & Friends
- Pride Express
- Veterans TEG
Training and development for employees
We offer workshops on inclusive behavior, diversity management, cultural competence, and serving customers with limited English proficiency.
Workshop topics include
- Creating a respectful and inclusive workplace
- Interacting with customers with limited English proficiency
- Managerial and supervisor-level training for leading diversity efforts
- Maintaining culture and managing upward, for apprentices and early-career employees
Health care, college savings, and more
We want to help you take care of yourself and your loved ones. Here are some of the benefits we offer to employees and their dependents.
Health care and education benefits
- Comprehensive health insurance for you and your dependents, including competitive dental and vision plans
- Health care contribution, toward your future retirement health care
- Flexible spending account options for health care and dependent day care
- Pre-tax benefits for commuting and parking expenses
- An option to contribute to an investment account for higher-education costs
Investing in the next generation of transit leaders
We are committed to the people who will power New York’s transit system for years to come. In addition to cultivating meaningful connections with area high schools, we also strive to give employees early in their career the support they need to succeed with us.
Our training and apprenticeship programs
- Ongoing relationships with Transit Tech High School and Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
- Early-career support
What our department does
Diversity and inclusion
We are committed to promoting and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities and customers we serve. The Diversity and Inclusion unit is responsible for integration of diversity and inclusion as a core value into new and existing Transit programs, practices, and services.
The Department of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity is committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment that embraces and fosters innovation, acknowledges all unique human characteristics, and provides tools for empowerment, increased opportunity, and unity among employees and the customers we serve.
We lead implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies to support:
- agency compliance for EEO, Title VI, and related laws,
- our vision to become an Employer of Choice, and
- our aspiration to be recognized as the D&I leader and service provider in mass transportation.
History of our department
The New York City Transit Authority was created in March 1953. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its decision in Brown v. Board of Education the school segregation was unconstitutional.
In the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon issued numerous Executive Orders authorizing hiring goals and timetables to address the underutilization of people of color and women.
Much of the legal framework that officially banned discrimination in the workplace in this country was being implemented during the first two decades of NYCT’s operations.
The first department dedicated to equal opportunity began under John D. Simpson, who served first at MTA executive director in 1979 and NYCT president in 1981.
In January 2006, President Lawrence Reuter created the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. The department was charged with ensuring NYCT’s compliance with federal, state, and organizational equal opportunity mandates.
In December 2016, the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity was renamed the Department of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity. We wanted to reinforce that diversity is a core value. The department plays a leading role in our diversity and inclusion efforts.