State transportation officials are nearing a deal with the federal government to revamp their employment practices to address a mountain of complaints lodged against the MBTA for allegedly discriminating against minorities and women over the years in hiring, pay, and promotions.
The MBTA has a long history of bias complaints: Investigators for the attorney general found “widespread discrimination, harassment, and retaliation’’ at the agency in 1997, and it lost several high-profile lawsuits in 1999 and 2001. In recent years, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has received more complaints against the T than any other organization, public or private, a Globe analysis shows.
Federal and state officials confirmed they are close to finalizing a plan to address concerns raised in a scorching letter from the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration last August that said the state was probably violating employment rules for agencies that receive federal funding. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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