According to rules issued jointly by the state Department of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission, illness or disability caused or contributed to or by pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion must be treated the same as any other temporary disability for all employment-related purposes. Nondisability leaves of absence for the purpose of child rearing must be granted on the same terms and conditions applied to other nondisability leaves of absence. An employer's policy or practice regarding leaves for child rearing must be applied equally to male and female employees (IL Admin. Code Tit. 56 Sec. 5210.110).
Policies and practices. A written or unwritten policy or practice that excludes applicants or employees from employment because of pregnancy is a violation of the state law, unless the employee's pregnancy renders her physically unable to be trained for or to perform the duties of the position.
Termination. It is a violation of state law for an employer to discharge an employee because she becomes pregnant.