A mediator may resolve a disability lawsuit a former Pit worker against the University last week.
Daniel Hinkson filed a civil complaint in on Dec. 9, 2019, at Pitt, in the federal district court for allegedly firing him on the basis of a disability, and retaliating against him when he tried to negotiate workplace accommodations. He said that the University’s actions are in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and asked the judge to have him award of back and front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and legal fees.
Hinkson said he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome during his time at the Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, in 2018.
The matter was referred to the mediator, David White, and the mediation session was held on the 7th of May. The case has been fixed for the next day.
Hinkson’s attorney, Michael Bruzzese, the University’s spokesman, Kevin Zwick declined to comment on the resolution. Zwick also refused to say whether or not it is Hinkson’s job was to be restored.