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Volume 31 Issue 13

Briefs outline differing arguments in case about same-sex benefits: The city's response >

March 4th, 1999

The Murphy administration is urging the city Human Relations Commission to reject Pitt's challenge to a city law that prohibits discrimination against gays an d lesbians. In a brief filed last week with the commission, city attorneys disputed the University's argument that Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania municipalities lack the authority to pass laws banning discrimination […]

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Briefs outline differing arguments in case about same-sex benefits: The University's response >

March 4th, 1999

Attorneys for Pitt reiterated their argument last week that if the city Human Relations Commission accepts Deborah Henson's case against the University, all Pittsburgh employers (including the city itself) will be in violation of the city's anti-discrimination law unless they: * Extend spousal health benefits to homosexual employees, or * Discontinue spousal health coverage altogether. […]

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Pitt's statement on the Henson case >

March 4th, 1999

Pitt's administration issued the following statement about the Henson case on Feb. 18: The University of Pittsburgh is proud of its long-standing record of respect for the civil rights of those with whom it deals. Relying upon well-established legal principles in defending itself against an employee benefits lawsuit is not a departure from that record, […]

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Faculty reaction mixed to possibility of moving games >

March 4th, 1999

Faculty reaction mixed to possibility of moving games Student Government Board members urged Faculty Assembly members this week to support their fight to save Pitt Stadium. But except for agreeing that University officials should consult with students in deciding whether to move Pitt football games to a planned North Side stadium, Assembly members' responses were […]

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Trustees chairperson Connolly discusses same-sex benefits, Pitt response to suit >

March 4th, 1999

After the March 4 Board of Trustees meeting, Pitt senior administrators weren't commenting about the University's legal challenge to a city ordinance protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace. They referred reporters to a written statement issued by Pitt that day. See text of statement on page 3. But board Chairperson J.W. Connolly […]

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Streamlined job classification plan expected to go into effect July 1 >

March 4th, 1999

Streamlined job classification plan expected to go into effect July 1 A plan to streamline the number of staff job classifications, identify career paths and improve staff retention at Pitt is scheduled to go into effect July 1, Human Resources officials say. The plan will introduce new concepts and terminology, including "job families" and "job […]

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Some faculty decry Pitt challenge of city's non-discrimination law >

March 4th, 1999

At Tuesday's Faculty Assembly meeting, professors vented their anger, frustration and embarrassment at Pitt's challenge to a city law protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination. "I find the position of the University on this issue [to be] both immoral and stupid," said Van Beck Hall, of the history department. Iris M. Young, of the Graduate […]

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Commencement travel, lodging discounts offered >

March 4th, 1999

Commencement travel, lodging discounts offered Airfare and lodging discounts are available to graduating students and their families during the days surrounding the University's 1999 commencement convocation on May 3 at the Civic Arena. A 5-10 percent discount can be applied to any USAirways round-trip airfare into Pittsburgh April 29-May 6. For reservations and information, contact […]

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