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.
FAQ for Employers Reporting Adverse Judgments
This FAQ is intended to provide guidance for Employers under Section 5/2 – 108 of the Illinois Human Rights Act. 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.
COVID - 19 ALERTS
Updated IDHR Procedures during COVID-19 Pandemic
How do I file a charge of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic? Charges of discrimination can be filed during the COVID-19 pandemic by:
1) Email: an IDHR Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) to: IDHR.Intake@illinois.gov.
2) Fax: an IDHR Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) to: 312-814-6251, Attn: Intake Unit.
3) Mail: an IDHR Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) to:
Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)
Attn: Intake Unit
100 W Randolph St, Ste. 10-100 Chicago, IL 60601
You may download an IDHR Complainant Information Sheets (CIS). For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page on the IDHR's updated procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Para hispanohablantes, puede ver Las Preguntas Frecuentes.
Non-Discrimination Guidance in Medical Treatment
Additionally, the IDHR released Guidance Relating to Non-discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19. You may review that guidance in this document.
FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face Coverings During COVID-19
This FAQ is intended to provide guidance regarding the application of the face-covering requirement in Executive Order 2020-32 for businesses and other places of public accommodation subject to Article 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/.
Download the FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19 program for more information.
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