Human Rights

Welcome to the Department of Human Rights

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).

The Illinois Department of Human Rights Alerts

Human Rights Act Enhanced to Include Work Authorization Status Protection

On Monday, August 2, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 121, ensuring the Illinois Human Rights Act protects anyone with federal work authorization, the legal requirement necessary to work in the United States, from employment discrimination.  When verifying employment, employers may not refuse to hire an individual based on the status or length of status of their work authorization. This new change aligns protections in the Illinois Human Rights Act with those already in federal law.

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July 1st Deadline to Report Adverse Judgments and Administrative Rulings Under 5/2-108

Beginning July 1, 2020, and by each July 1 thereafter, each employer that had an adverse judgment or administrative ruling against it in the preceding calendar year shall disclose annually to the Department of Human Rights, the following information: the total number of adverse judgments or administrative rulings during the preceding year; whether any equitable relief was ordered; and the number of adverse judgements or administrative rulings entered against the employer within specific categories outlined in Section 2-108(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Download the FAQ for Employers under Section 5/2-108 for more information.     (Chinese)  (Polish)  (Spanish)

To report adverse judgments or administrative rulings download the Form IDHR 2-108.

Illinois Human Rights Act Amended to Add Conviction Record Protections

Senate Bill 1480 adds another layer of protection for anyone that has come into contact with public law enforcement. Any person who believes they are experiencing discrimination at work or with a potential job because of their conviction record can now file a charge of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. To assist Illinois employers with compliance and job-seekers, the IDHR has developed a comprehensive FAQ. Read all IDHR's FAQ regarding conviction record protections and access the FAQ document.

View and download the FAQ document from IDHR here.

The Public Contracts Unit of IDHR Launches New Portal for Businesses

Thousands of Illinois businesses and contractors who have previously registered their company as an Eligible Bidder/Public Contractor with IDHR have been automatically set up with their new account in the Illinois Enterprise Licensing and Permittinig portal (ELP). Each such business has received an email from "Licenses and Permits" on behalf of IDHR with activation instructions on how to proceed! If you are new to registering your business as an Eligible Bidder/Public Contractor or if you would like to learn more about securing an IDHR Eligibility Number, visit our Public Contracts Unit page to learn more!

Guidance Relating to Nondiscrimination in Healthcare Services in Illinois

On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will remove the explicit nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals and other vulnerable populations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule creates confusion about the right of everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, and specifically transgender individuals, to receive healthcare free from discrimination. The IDHR, coordinating with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Insurance, released guidance that clarifies the 2020 Final Rule's impact on residents of Illinois, identifies the protections from discrimination that exist in State law, and reminds the healthcare community of their ongoing obligations to deliver healthcare services in a non-discriminatory manner. You may review that guidance in this document


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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.
Fair Housing Education and Outreach Housing Education and OutreachIn 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.