Illinois Department of Human Rights Legal Division

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.

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Overview of the Legal Division

The Legal Division oversees the ethics program of the Department and manages the State Agency Liaison unit and the Public Contracts unit.  The Legal Division also reviews the investigative work for substantial evidence determinations; conciliates cases; and drafts and files complaints with the Illinois Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) after a finding of substantial evidence and if no settlement is reached.  For charges filed prior to January 1, 2008, the Legal Division decides Request for Review cases filed with the Department’s Chief Legal Counsel; for charges filed after January 1, 2008, the Legal Division files responses to Requests for Review filed with the Commission.  The Legal Division also litigates discrimination cases involving real estate transactions before the Commission; responds to Freedom of Information Act requests; enforces the equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs under the Illinois Human Rights Act; and enforces provisions under the Illinois Human Rights Act as to public contractors and eligible bidders.