EEO - Discrimination: Illinois
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Steve Miller and Theresa Essig, Fisher Phillips
- The Illinois Human Rights Act provides substantially broader coverage than its federal counterpart, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Discrimination Under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
- While the Illinois Human Rights Act generally applies to any Illinois employer with 15 or more employees, the sexual harassment and disability provisions of the Act cover every employer with at least one employee. See Discrimination Under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
- The Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who are victims of domestic violence, or who have families or household members who are victims of domestic violence. See Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence.
- Illinois law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees for activities performed outside of work. See Discrimination Based on Use of Lawful Products.
- Chicago and Cook County have local requirements relating to discrimination. See Local Requirements.