Employment Issues

The OGC provides legal support to various departments on issues relating to:

  • Complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: the Office of Equity and Diversity is responsible for investigating complaints by faculty, staff, students, and applicants (for both employment and student admissions) who believe themselves to be harmed by harassment or discrimination related to issues that have protected class status (see protected characteristics);
  • Disability accommodation: questions or concerns regarding obligations to accommodate faculty or staff should be brought to the attention of the disability accommodations coordinator;
  • Employee classification issues;
  • Employment contracts;
  • Employment litigation;
  • Immigration: Faculty/Staff Visa Services provides work-related immigration services to USC hiring departments;
  • Labor practices and issues: including interpretation of and compliance with collective bargaining agreements;
  • Leaves of absence: please contact the HR Service Center with routine questions about leaves of absence;
  • Professionalism and ethics: the Office of Professionalism and Ethics is a single, centralized source for all complaint monitoring and investigations for issues related to safety and security (non-emergency), harassment and discrimination in the workplace, code of conduct and compliance breaches, theft, fraud, waste, abuse, and ethical or conflict of interest violations;
  • Retirement benefits and health benefits: please contact the HR Service Center with routine questions about retirement and health benefits;
  • Wage and hour matters.

Related Resources

Classification and Engagement of Independent Contractors
Employee Gateway
Employment and Workplace Policies

Faculty Handbook
Office of Compliance
Office of Equity and Diversity

Office of Professionalism and Ethics
Payroll Services
Policy on Independent Contractors