Policy No. F. 1.00
Date of Issue 7/2/2014
To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, the university will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee, unless undue hardship would result.
Any applicant or employee who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a job at the university or to perform the essential functions of a job should contact Human Resources and request such an accommodation, preferably in writing. The individual with the disability should specify what accommodation he or she needs to apply for or to perform the job. The university will then engage in a good faith interactive process with the employee or applicant to determine what, if any, reasonable accommodation(s) can be made for the employee or applicant. The university, through Human Resources, may request medical documentation regarding the need for accommodation. The university will conduct an investigation to identify the barrier(s) that make it difficult for the applicant or employee to apply for or perform a job at the university, and possible accommodations, if any, that will help eliminate the limitation(s). If the accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship, the university will make the accommodation accordingly.
Pregnancy itself is not a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. However, if you are pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or have a condition related to pregnancy, you have the right, under Illinois law, to ask for a reasonable accommodation. This includes bathroom breaks, assistance with heavy lifting, a private space for expressing milk, or time off to recover from your pregnancy. Any employee seeking such a reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources.
For more information regarding your rights on Pregnancy in the Workplace download the Illinois Department of Human Rights fact sheet from the following website:
refer to the posted “Pregnancy Rights Notice.”