The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits all public employers and private employers of one or more employees from discriminating in employment because of age (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 775 Sec. 5/1-101 et seq.). The Act applies to applicants and employees who are 40 years of age and older.
The term “employee” is defined to include “any individual performing services for remuneration” within the state for an employer. It also includes unpaid interns.
Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Refuse to hire or to discriminate with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, or renewal of employment on the basis of age.
• Discharge, discipline, or discriminate against any individual with respect to tenure or the terms, privileges, or conditions of employment on the basis of age.
• Make employment decisions related to selection for training or apprenticeship on the basis of age for individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 years.
• Retaliate against a person because he or she has opposed that which he or she reasonably and in good faith believes to be unlawful discrimination or because he or she has made a charge, filed a complaint, or testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Aid, abet, compel, or coerce a person to commit any violation of the Act.
• Willfully interfere with the state Human Rights Commission or Department or its members or representatives.