For almost 42 years, John Artz has been helping employers with personnel and policy issues and government regulation. He concentrates his practice in employment and labor law, with a special emphasis on workplace safety and health (OSHA, safety, workplace violence), along with both counseling and litigation regarding gender, disability and racial discrimination (and workplace harassment), terminations, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and workers’ and unemployment compensation. He regularly advises employers with respect to applications and hiring, human relations policies, employee handbooks, disciplinary investigations, settlement agreements and releases, and leads training programs on a wide variety of employment-related matters.
He often draws on his background as a military pilot from 1968 to 1973, when he served on active duty as an Air Force officer, primarily as an aircraft commander, instructor and flight examiner in the Military Airlift Command, flying C-141 heavy jets. The experience of commanding a multimillion dollar aircraft and a crew of nine in missions all over the world (including combat zones) is useful even today in developing an organized approach to and resolving unexpected problems and dealing with people from all walks of life under stressful conditions.
John lives with his wife in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh; they have three adult children and seven grandchildren. When time permits, John enjoys introducing others to the joy of flight and landing on grass strips and the occasional farmer’s field in a yellow two-seat Cub with big, fat, soft tires.