Discrimination complaints against the MBTA

Kyle Clauss filed this request with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) of Massachusetts.
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From: Kyle Clauss

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

All discrimination complaints received by the Office of Discrimination and Civil Rights, including all discrimination complaints related to the Human Resources Department, between January 1, 2015 and October 27, 2016.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kyle Clauss

From: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Kyle Clauss

Hi Susan,

I ask that the records I have requested (All discrimination complaints received by the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, including all discrimination complaints related to the Human Resources Department, between January 1, 2015 and October 27, 2016.) be redacted in order to protect all individuals' identity and privacy, and released.

The MBTA has the baseline obligation under law to disclose whether or not these documents exist. Do they? In addition, how many have been received by the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights? How many are resolved, how many led to termination and/or suspension? This is all public information.

I look forward to your prompt cooperation.

Best,
Kyle Clauss

From: Krupanski, Susan

Receipt acknowledged.

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