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Federal officials meet with female MBTA workers group over complaints

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Federal Transit Administration officials recently met with a group of female MBTA workers over complaints about the job, although the workers haven’t filed a formal grievance with the federal agency, a spokesperson said Friday.

A spokesperson for the FTA, which in August issued a scathing report about the MBTA’s operations, said Friday that agency civil rights officials had met with the group and provided them information on the responsibilities of transit agencies under anti-discrimination laws.

The group is aware of its options for filing a complaint with the FTA, MBTA, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the spokesperson said.

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Members of the group couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The MBTA didn’t comment directly on the group’s allegations but said the agency values the contributions of all its employees.

The MBTA “fully supports its diverse workforce in making those contributions in an atmosphere of dignity and mutual respect,” spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a statement. “The MBTA works diligently to ensure that discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace is not tolerated. As such, the authority has issued several Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies that promote an inclusive, professional workplace.”

Pesaturo added that the MBTA’s office of Diversity and Civil Rights works to ensure that anti-discrimination policies are fairly applied.

“These policies represent an effort by the MBTA to reinforce its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees,” he said. “Implementation of these policies is realized through maintaining a professional work environment that incorporates equal employment opportunity as an integral part of the MBTA’s daily operations.”

Jim Evers, president of Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589, which represents MBTA employees, directed questions to a spokesman, who didn’t immediately return a request for comment Friday.



Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.