Illinois National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits all public employers, all public contractors, and private employers of 15 or more persons from discriminating in employment on the basis of national origin, ancestry, or citizenship status (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 775 Sec. 5/1-101 et seq.). The term “national origin,” as used in the Act, refers to a person's place of birth or the place of birth of a person's ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.).
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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 national origin.
• Discharge, discipline, or discriminate against any individual with respect to tenure or the terms, privileges, or conditions of employment on the basis of national origin.
• Make employment decisions related to selection for training or apprenticeship on the basis of national origin.
• 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 the Department of Human Rights or its members or representatives.
Citizenship status means the status of being:
• Born a U.S. citizen
• A naturalized U.S. citizen
• A U.S. national or a person born outside the United States and not a U.S. citizen who is not an unauthorized alien and who is protected from discrimination under the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (8 USC ...

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