ALERT on Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Law: Public Act 101-0221 amended the Illinois Human Rights Act ("IHRA") requiring: Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020 and annually thereafter; restaurants and bars to establish and disseminate a written policy on sexual harassment prevention training and provide "supplemental" sexual harassment prevention training; and the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") to develop a model sexual harassment prevention training program for use by employers. Employers may develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) and/or Section 2-110(C) of IHRA. For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page on sexual harassment prevention training and associated subpages. Here you will also find informational handouts. IDHR's model sexual harassment prevention training will be available March 31, 2020.
Discrimination under the Illinois Human Rights Act
The Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") is the state agency responsible for enforcing the
Illinois Human Rights Act ("Act").
The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the areas of:
- Fair Housing
- Financial Credit
- Public Accommodations
- Sexual Harassment in Education
Please see the links to the right for additional information and forms for each area.
Discrimination is prohibited under the Human Rights Act on the bases of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, ancestry, military status, age (40 and over), order of protection status, marital status, sexual orientation (which includes gender-related identity), pregnancy, unfavorable military discharge and physical and mental disability. The Act also prohibits discrimination based on familial status in real estate transactions.
A charge of discrimination must be filed
within 300 days after the alleged discriminatory action, or
one year for a Fair Housing case.
The processing of a charged filed with the Department involves several steps.
Please select a link below for information on a specific step:
Additional Information on the processing of charges is available through the following links:
Case Status and File Review
For information about the status of a pending charge or to
request to review a case file (file review is only available if
the investigation is not pending or active).
E-mail or call (312) 814-4294