Human Rights


Updated IDHR Procedures during COVID-19 Pandemic

How do I file a charge of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic? Charges of discrimination can be filed during the COVID-19 pandemic by:

1)      Email: an IDHR Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) to:

2)      Fax:     an IDHR Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) to:  312-814-6251, Attn: Intake Unit.

3)      Mail:   an IDHR Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) to:             

                Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)
                Attn: Intake Unit
                100 W Randolph St, Ste. 10-100    Chicago, IL  60601

You may download an IDHR Complainant Information Sheets (CIS).  For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page on the IDHR's updated procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Para hispanohablantes, puede ver Las Preguntas Frecuentes.  

Non-Discrimination Guidance in Medical Treatment

Additionally, the IDHR released Guidance Relating to Non-discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19.  You may review that guidance in this document.

FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face Coverings During COVID-19

This FAQ is intended to provide guidance regarding the application of the face-covering requirement in Executive Order 2020-32 for businesses and other places of public accommodation subject to Article 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/

Download the FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19 program for more information. 

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The Illinois Department of Human Rights administers the Illinois Human Rights Act ("Act"). The "Act" prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, financial credit, public accommodations, housing and sexual harassment, as well as sexual harassment in education. A discrimination charge can be initiated by calling, writing or appearing in person at the Department’s Chicago or Springfield office within 300 days of the date the alleged discrimination took place in all cases except housing discrimination (one year filing deadline).

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Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Helpline Harassment & Discrimination HelplineYou have a right to be free of sexual harassment in the work place, housing, educational or business environment. IDHR's sexual harrassment website provides the necessary resources and assistance in the filing of sexual harassment complaints.
Employment Charge of Discrimination Charge of DiscriminationIDHR investigates charges of Employment discrimination filed against private employers, state or local government, unions and employment agencies.  Individuals can also be charges in some cases.
Sexual Harassment in Education Charge Information Harassment in Education Charge InformationIDHR takes and investigates charges of Sexual Harassment in Education. Sexual harrassment charges can be filed against an elementary, secondary or higher education institution and/ or institution.

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