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EEO - Discrimination: Illinois

EEO - Discrimination requirements for other states

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.
  • Illinois law addresses equal pay. See Equal Pay.
  • Aurora, Champaign, Chicago and Cook County have local requirements relating to discrimination. See Local Requirements.