Human Rights

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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 Helplinehttps://www2.illinois.gov/sites/sexualharassmentSexual 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 Discriminationhttps://www2.illinois.gov/DHR/filingacharge/pages/employment.aspxEmployment 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 Outreachhttps://www2.illinois.gov/DHR/filingacharge/pages/fh_outreach.aspxFair 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.

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