Illinois Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois Hiring: What you need to know

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from military service, or arrest record or criminal history record that has been ordered expunged or sealed, citizenship status, or pregnancy. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees, except for provisions prohibiting disability discrimination and sexual harassment, which cover all employers (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 775 Sec. 5/1-101et seq.).
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Credit history. The Employee Credit Privacy Act prohibits employers in Illinois from requesting or obtaining the credit history or credit report of an applicant or employee and from discriminating against an individual because of his or her credit history or credit report (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 820 Sec. 70/1). The Act applies to all public and private employers in the state, but provides exceptions for insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, debt collectors, certain government agencies, and financial institutions such as banks and credit unions. Subject to certain exceptions, employers may inquire about an individual's credit history if a satisfactory credit history is a bona fide occupational qualification.
Social media. It is unlawful for any employer to ask any prospective employee to provide any username, password, or other related account information in order to gain access to a social networking website where that prospective employee maintains an account or profile (IL Comp. Stat. Ch. 820 Sec. 55/1).
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