A group of 200 community and religious leaders marched on the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) building on July 23 to demand renewed efforts to hire more women and minorities.
According to protesters, Mn/DOT is employing fewer women and minorities, even as federal stimulus dollars and state infrastructure spending have swelled the agency’s employee rolls.
Protesters said overall Mn/DOT employment has grown from 2,357 to 2,603 over the past three years. During the same period, the number of women at the agency fell from 105 to 102, while minority employment dropped from 160 to 159.
Note: Numbers like these should raise a red flag for employers. While few employers intentionally discriminate, it’s important to regularly review hiring policies and practices to ensure you’re not filtering out viable female and minority candidates, or inadvertently discouraging them from applying.
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