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MBTA Application Terms and Definitions

Reference the information below for examples and definitions of terms and phrases used on the MBTA employment application (listed in alphabetical order).

Note: The MBTA makes reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation during the application process, please contact the MBTA's ADA Unit at 617-222-5751.

Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Identifications

Ethnicity/Demographics

  • African American or Black (not of Hispanic or Latino origin): All persons having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. For example, people in this category may identify as African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition. For example, people in this category may identify as being affiliated with Navajo Nation, Massachusett, Nipmuc, Pawtucket, Wampanoag, etc.
  • Asian American: All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. For example, people in this category may identify as Chinese, Japanese, Desi/Desi-American, Korean, South Asian, Vietnamese, Indian, Nepalese, etc.
  • Hispanic or Latino: All persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture of origin, regardless of race. For example, people in this category may identify as Salvadorean, Dominican, Colombian, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc.
  • Multi-Racial: All persons having origins in one or more of the races/ethnic groups listed here.
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. For example, people in this category may identify as Guamanian, Fijian, Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, etc.
  • White (not of Hispanic or Latino Origin): All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. For example, people in this category may identify as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, Moroccan, etc.

Gender Identity

The MBTA uses gender identity as defined by the Human Rights Campaign.

As a part of the MBTA’s value of inclusion as well as advocacy from the DEI Employee Advisory Council and PRIDE Employee Resource Group, this question is asked to ensure diversity of gender identities is included in the hiring process. It also helps the MBTA better understand its diverse workforce and ensures all identities are valued throughout recruitment, hiring processes, and general employee experience.

Pronouns

As a part of the MBTA’s value of inclusion as well as advocacy from the DEI Employee Advisory Council and PRIDE Employee Resource Group, this question is asked to ensure diversity of gender identities is included in the hiring process. Pronouns:

  • Affirm gender identities.
  • Create safe spaces by referring to someone in a way that is most accurate to them.
  • Allow individuals to be properly introduced and referenced.

The MBTA strives to ensure individual pronouns are used correctly and respected throughout recruitment, hiring processes, and general employee experience.

Immediate Family Member Employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Applicants must disclose if they have any of the following immediate family members working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This includes roles as a regular or contract employee in public higher education, the MBTA, and/or other government agencies, or as an elected official in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government.

Immediate family members are your:

  • Child
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Spouse (including a spouse's child, parent, or sibling)

This disclosure is intended to ensure that the citizens of our Commonwealth have full confidence in their government and its hiring process. It will not be used to exclude any qualified applicant seeking a position within the MBTA from receiving full consideration based on the merits of their credentials and the requirements of the job.

Veteran Identifications

Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran

A veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 Fed. Reg. 1209).

Disabled Veteran

Either:

  • A veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • A person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

JVA Recently Separated Veteran

A veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

Other Protected Veteran

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

Special Disabled Veteran

A veteran meeting the conditions described above for a Disabled Veteran AND who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs for a disability rated at:

  • 10 or 20% in the case of a veteran who has been determined under Section 38 U.S.C. 3106 to have a serious employment handicap
  • 30% or more

Veteran of the Vietnam Era

A veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975, or August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975, in all other cases AND either:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service for a period of more than 180 days, and who was released with other than a dishonorable discharge
  • Was discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service for a service-connected disability

VEVRAA Recently Separated Veteran

Any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service during the one-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty.

Other Veteran

Not listed in the above categories.

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