The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on an individual's status on active duty in or status as a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, status as a current member or veteran of any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, U.S. Navy Reserve, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, or status as a current member or veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard or Illinois Air National Guard. (775 ILCS 5/1-101et seq.).
Covered employers. The Act covers all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees in the state of Illinois .
The Illinois Military Leave of Absence Act has been amended to specifically state that a violation of the leave law is a civil rights violation under the Human Rights Act (5 ILCS 325/1.01).
Exception. Unfavorable discharge may be a valid employment criterion when authorized by federal law or regulation or when a job involves “fiduciary ...