The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. In this regard, the university provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. The purpose of a reasonable accommodation is to remove workplace barriers for individuals with disabilities and to enable them to enjoy equal employment opportunities.
The term disability is broadly defined under the above laws to include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- Disability Accommodations (includes pregnancy and “pregnancy-related condition”); and
- Religious Accommodations
The Office of Employment Equity (OEE) is responsible for overseeing and coordinating requests for accommodation received from staff employees with disabilities. As an initial step, you should inform your supervisor or the Disability Specialist in OEE of the need for a reasonable accommodation based on a disability. You, a family member, or someone else designated by you may notify the university on your behalf of your need for a reasonable accommodation.
In order to request an accommodation, there are two (2) forms that you and your health care provider need to complete as part of OEE’s standard process. The first form is the Accommodation Request Form. You also need to have your health care provider complete the Medical Inquiry Form. You may mail, e-mail, upload https://discover-uhr.rutgers.edu/onesource/home or fax (732-932-0049) these forms to the attention of the Disability Specialist in OEE once they have been completed.
If you have specific questions regarding the accommodation process, please contact the following person in OEE:
Laurel B Peltzmen, JD.
Associate Director for Accommodations
Office of Employment Equity
For information regarding disability accommodations for faculty employees, please contact the Office of Academic Labor Relations.