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Articles on Human Rights

Employers may not violate pregnant employees’ civil rights. PA 097-0596. November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 The Illinois Human Rights Act has been amended to protect pregnant employees (775 ILCS 5/2-102).
EEOC complaints: sender’s fax confirmation “strong evidence” of receipt By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 The seventh circuit holds that the fax confirmation generated by the sender's machine is strong evidence the EEOC actually received a complaint at a given time and date.
Strict Liability for Sexual Harassment by Supervisors By Cynthia Hyndman, Robert Margolis, and Aleeza Strubel September 2009 Article, Page 454 The 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 command By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Lawpulse, Page 278 Under 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 Lawsuits By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2009 Lawpulse, Page 220 An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
Human Rights Act doesn’t bar state, federal claims in circuit court By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 Lawpulse, Page 168 Someone who can bring a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act can nonetheless sue based on federal or common law in state circuit court, the supreme court rules.
Plaintiff-friendly ADA amendments take effect Jan.1 By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2008 Lawpulse, Page 548 Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act legislatively overturn recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
ADA grievance procedures clarified May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The 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.
Trends in Seventh Circuit Sexual Harassment Decisions By William J. Borah April 2008 Article, Page 198 Title VII is not a code of behavior, according to the seventh circuit. But the court has also expanded remedies for victims of "hellish" sexual harassment.
The Illinois Human Rights Act amended. PA 095-0025 January 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Human Rights Act has been amended by adding a sub-section (H) to Section 2-102. 775 ILCS 5/2-102(H).
The New Illinois Right-to-Sue Law for Employment Discrimination By Stephen E. Balogh, Randall D. Schmidt, and Lindsey Marcus January 2008 Article, Page 30 The Illinois Human Rights Act now provides for a right to a jury in the Illinois circuit court in employment discrimination cases.
New law allows Human Rights Act plaintiffs to file in circuit court By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2007 Lawpulse, Page 454 Complainants under the Illinois Human Rights Act can now file in circuit court instead of with state agencies. This brings Illinois into line with federal practice and that of 38 states.
2007 Spring Session Roundup By Jim Covington August 2007 Column, Page 408 Highlights of this year's legislative session.
Changes made to Department of Human Rights procedures February 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The 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 Act February 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The 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. Gunnarsson June 2006 Lawpulse, Page 278 Sexually charged talk in the workplace doesn't always equal sexual harassment, the California Supreme Court says. 
Default procedures updated for the Illinois Human Rights Act April 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 The Illinois Department of Human Rights (Department) has incorporated a new section into Part 2300 of Title 71, 71 Ill Adm Code 2300.
How Illinois’ New Gay Rights Law Affects Employers and Workers By Bryan P. Cavanaugh April 2006 Article, Page 182 "Sexual orientation" is now a protected status in the Illinois workplace. Here's what that means for your clients.
New requirements for respondents and state agencies under the Human Rights Act April 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 Through 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. 
Terminology in the Illinois Human Rights Act explained November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 In Part 2300 of Title 71, 71 Ill Adm Code 2300, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (Department) has amended three sections. Effective August 19, 2005.
The gay rights amendment: It’s the law By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2005 Lawpulse, Page 110 The 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.
A private medical clinic does not qualify as a “place of public accommodation” March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On December 20, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Illinois Human Rights Commission (Commission) granting a medical clinic's motion to dismiss the pleading.
All civil rights claims, whether based on federal or state law, shall be prosecuted in an administrative forum, as required by the Illinois Human Rights Act July 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 On April 12, 2004, the Fifth District Appellate Court held that the Circuit Court of St. Clair County did not have subject matter jurisdiction over an employee's Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claim.
Counseling gay couples By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2003 Lawpulse, Page 544 While 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.
Little-noted Illinois Civil Rights Act takes effect January 1 By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2003 Lawpulse, Page 486 Among other things, the new law allows attorney-fee awards to prevailing claimants.
Correspondence from Our Readers June 2003 Column, Page 270 More on "the perniciousness of racism".
The ABCs of the ADA By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2002 Lawpulse, Page 226 Every lawyer should know something about this far-reaching statute.
Plaintiff employee who was not handicapped under the guidelines of the Human Rights Act was not discriminated against when his employer terminated him November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 On July 31, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed the order of the Human Rights Commission concluding that the commission's finding that the plaintiff's employer, R.B. Hayward and Company, did not discriminate against him based on a handicap or a perceived handicap "was not against the manifest weight of the evidence."
Housing discrimination October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 On July 17, 2001, the Illinois Department of Human Rights adopted amendments to section 2300 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 71 Ill Adm Code 2300.
Proposed amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation; H.B. 101 April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 State Representative Larry McKeon (D-Chicago) has introduced a bill that would make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal in Illinois.