Illinois Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, ancestry, age (40 years and older), order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from military service, arrest record, citizenship status, or pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions). The Act covers all public employers, all public contractors, and private employers with 15 or more employees for 20 or more weeks during the calendar year of the alleged violation or during the preceding calendar year. However, the disability and sexual harassment provisions of the Act cover all employers regardless of size (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 775 Sec. 5/1-101 et seq.).
Unpaid interns. Effective January 1, 2015, the Act prohibits sexual harassment of unpaid interns.
Order of protection status. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of order of protection status. "Order of protection status" is defined as the status of a person being protected under an order of protection issued under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act or a similar order issued by a court of another state IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 775 Sec. 5/1-103(K-5)..
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Like federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Illinois Act prohibits the employer from making any decision regarding hiring, discharge, advancement, compensation, or any other condition of employment on the basis of one of the protected characteristics. Job-related retaliation against employees who file discrimination complaints or participate in the investigation or ...

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