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Your Rights Under the Illinois Human Rights Act

​The Illinois Human Rights Commission is dedicated to promoting freedom from unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Act forbids discrimination based on:

  • Age (40+)
  • Ancestry
  • Arrest record
  • Citizenship status (with regard to employment)
  • Color
  • Conviction record
  • Disability (physical and mental)
  • Familial status (with respect to real estate transactions)
  • Gender identity
  • Marital Status
  • Military status
  • National origin
  • Orders of protection
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual orientation
  • Unfavorable military discharge
 

The Act forbids discrimination in education, employment, access to financial credit, public accommodations, and real estate transactions.

Our primary responsibility is to make impartial determinations of whether there has been unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. We are also responsible for furnishing information to the public about the Act and the Commission.