The North Dakota Department of Transportation is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination in its state, federal, and federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, limited English proficiency, genetics, political opinion or affiliation, status with regard to marriage or public assistance, as well as participation in lawful activity off NDDOT's premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of NDDOT. In addition, NDDOT ensures that all beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries of these programs are offered an equal participation opportunity. NDDOT also protects the civil rights of its employees and applicants for employment.