Workplace Discrimination and the Illinois Human Rights Commission
In Illinois, as in the rest of the United States, all human beings have specific rights that are protected under the laws. One of those rights is the right to not be discriminated against, and the Human Rights Commission is the government agency in charge of ensuring that your rights to be treated equally are protected. If you believe that you have suffered discrimination, such as workplace discrimination, and have a claim that should be investigated by the Illinois Human Rights Commission, it is a good idea to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. The employment lawyers at Newland & Newland LLP can help.
What Is the Human Rights Commission?
The Illinois Human Rights Commission is made up the following:
- Executive Director;
- General Counsel;
- Assistant General Counsel;
- Chief of Administrative Law;
- Thirteen (13) commissioners; and
- Additional staff.
Together, they adjudicate complaints of civil rights violations, including discrimination, as outlined in the Illinois Human Rights Act. They serve as a neutral party to resolve these issues.
What is the Human Rights Act?
The Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/1-101) was passed in December of 1979. Under this law, discrimination is specifically forbidden in the following:
- Public accommodations;
- Real estate transactions;
- Education; and
- Access to financial credit.
What type of discrimination is forbidden?
Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, no one can be discriminated against based on:
- Arrest Record;
- Sexual Orientation;
- Physical and/or mental disability;
- Citizenship status;
- National Origin;
- Marital status;
- Familial status;
- Unfavorable military discharge;
- Sexual harassment;
- Orders of protection; or
- Military status.
If you believe that you have suffered from discrimination in Illinois, the Human Rights Commission may be able to provide some justice. However, this can be a challenging area of the law to understand, which is why it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced discrimination and employment law firm like Newland & Newland LLP. We also assist businesses and employers with Illinois Human Rights Commission cases.
Depending on the details of your specific situation, time may be a factor in whether or not you are able to file charges for discrimination. Contact us today so we can help you determine the best course of action for your unique problem. We serve clients throughout Illinois from our offices located in Libertyville, Crystal Lake, Chicago, Itasca, Arlington Heights, and Waukegan.