Human Rights, Department of
Human Rights, Department of
The 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 and housing. The Act also prohibits sexual harassment in education.

Sexual Harassment Hotline
You 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.
Sexual Harassment in Education Charge Information
IDHR 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.
Fair Housing Education and Outreach
In addition to receiving and investigating complaints of discrimination in housing, the Fair Housing Division conducts presentations for government agencies and community-based groups regarding fair housing rights under the Illinois Human Rights Act, which can be modified to meet the specific needs of the agency or group.
Fair Housing Charge of Discrimination
The Fair Housing Division of the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("the Department") investigates charges involving real estate transactions (housing) on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation (including gender-related identity), national origin, ancestry, age (40 and over), marital status, physical, mental and perceived disability, familial status (children under 18), pregnancy, military status, and unfavorable discharge from military service.
Public Accommodations Charge of Discrimination
The Illinois Department of Human Rights investigates charges of Public Accommodations discrimination filed against: business, recreation, lodging, entertainment, or transportation facility; a public official; or, a place of education.
Employment Charge of Discrimination
IDHR 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.
Financial Credit Charge Information
All financial institutions doing business in Illinois are prohibited from discriminating in the granting of commercial or personal loans, and credit cards.  The Illinois Department of Human Rights can investigate charges of Financial Credit discrimination filed against any bank, credit union, insurance company, mortgage banking company or savings and loan association.
Filing a Charge of Discrimination
IDHR administers the Illinois Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, fair housing, financial credit, public accommodations and sexual harassment in education. Should you need to file a charge, IDHR can assist in the charge filing process.