The Missouri chapter of the NAACP is saying MoDot is not hiring enough minorities and women. NAACP held a news conference to explain that after weeks of talks they are now taking their fight to Washington D.C. using a federal complaint. A spokesperson for MoDot tells News 4 that minority employment increased by 19%.
MoDot’s response: “MoDOT has made progress with respect to hiring minorities and females across the organization. Being a more diverse organization at all levels is important and is something we continue to work toward. Minority employment has increased 19 percent since 2007, with our total number of minority employees having risen from 8.02 percent in 2007 to 9.56 percent as of December 2009. We continue to work at recruiting minority candidates at all levels in the organization, including managers and upper management. With respect to females, overall the department's female employee population represents 21.6 percent of our total employee population which is greater than the percentage of women available in the Missouri labor market for similar work, according to the 2000 Census Report. MoDOT has made significant progress with respect to hiring and promoting women in upper management positions given that 41 percent of our senior leaders at MoDOT are women.”