Employee & Labor Relations

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The Department of Employee and Labor Relations provides proactive assistance to staff, supervisors, and HR professionals regarding conflicts, University policies and procedures, and staff performance, among other issues or questions that may come up in the workplace.

Employee and Labor Relations work together to assist both employees and supervisors on the interpretation and implementation of policies, procedures, and the Staff Handbook directives, as well as investigating and responding to grievances and other complaints.

Faculty & Staff with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in employment practices. The ADA also requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities, so long as it does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.

Requesting an Accommodation

Employees or applicants who believe that they have a disability necessitating an accommodation should contact their supervisor, or the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (412) 648-7890. It is the responsibility of the employee with a disability to self-identify and inform the University that an accommodation is requested. Documentation of the disability will be required. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis involving a cooperative effort among the employee, the supervisor and Disability Resources, with due consideration of the documentation that has been submitted.

An interactive tool is the Campus Accessibility Map.

Reasonable Accommodation

A reasonable accommodation can be a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that affords an employee with a disability the opportunity to perform the essential functions of the job. If a reasonable accommodation is required, an employer must provide an effective reasonable accommodation, but not necessarily the particular accommodation preferred or requested by the employee.

Essential Functions

Essential job functions are those duties that an employee must be able to perform in the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Services to Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Filing an ADA Grievance

The University of Pittsburgh has adopted an internal grievance procedure for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by federal regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Online Instruction Courses

It is the responsibility of everyone in the University community to maintain a campus environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. A one-hour online Discrimination and Harassment Prevention educational program is available to all University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff to help you identify, avoid and report wrongful behaviors. This program outlines basic legal considerations relating to employment discrimination and the University’s policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination and harassment.

Visit the Training Course Registry to complete this course or contact Employee Relations at 412-624-4645 for further information.

Please visit the FAQ page for more information about the Employee & Labor Relations Department.