Strict Liability for Sexual Harassment by SupervisorsBy Cynthia Hyndman, Robert Margolis, and Aleeza StrubelSeptember 2009Article, Page 454The Illinois Supreme Court's Sangamon County Sheriff's Department decision subjects employers to strict liability for sexual harassment by their supervisors. So, who is a supervisor?
Sexual harassment and the chain of commandBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009Lawpulse, Page 278Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
“Rape Shield” for Civil LawsuitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009Lawpulse, Page 220An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
ADA grievance procedures clarifiedMay 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 236The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities has amended Part 800 of the Illinois Administrative Code to clarify the procedure that complainants must follow when they file grievances with the Council regarding alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC §12101 et seq). 4 Ill Adm Code 800.
Changes made to Department of Human Rights proceduresFebruary 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 72The Department of Human Rights (department) has amended 56 Ill Adm Code 2520 to clarify and change the rules governing department procedures that follow the filing of a charge under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
New protected categories under the Illinois Human Rights ActFebruary 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 72The Department of Human Rights has amended 44 Ill Adm Code 750 to add sexual orientation, citizenship status, and military status to the list of categories protected in employment with government contractors under the Illinois Human Rights Act (Act).
What’s crude talk among Friends?By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2006Lawpulse, Page 278Sexually charged talk in the workplace doesn't always equal sexual harassment, the California Supreme Court says.
New requirements for respondents and state agencies under the Human Rights ActApril 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 174Through changes to Subparts C and H of Part 2520 to Title 56, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (Department) has stipulated new requirements for respondents under the Human Rights Act (Act) as well as new record keeping requirements for executive state agencies under the Act.
The gay rights amendment: It’s the lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2005Lawpulse, Page 110The Illinois Human Rights Act now prohibits many kinds of discrimination against homosexuals, a fact of which you should apprise your clients – whether they like it or not.
Counseling gay couplesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2003Lawpulse, Page 544While the issues that arise in gay relationships are familiar, the legal framework is different. It's a difference that family practitioners and estate planners should learn to navigate.