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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Human Rights

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.
Sexual harassment claim as defined under Title VII requires allegation of sex discrimination July 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 380 On May 1, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals held that the plaintiffs' allegation of sexual harassment by their supervisor failed to state a cause of action under Title VII because the plaintiffs failed to show that the harassment occurred because of sex discrimination.
Racial profiling study rejected; H.B. 3911 June 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 310 House Bill 3911 required Illinois law enforcement officers to record information about the race of motorists who received traffic or warning citations.
Use of undercover investigators may constitute claim for invasion of privacy April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 On January 13, 2000, the First Division of the Appellate Court of Illinois, reversed in part the circuit court of Cook County's judgment in favor of Kmart Corporation.
Plaintiff in Title VII suit need not show favorable treatment of similarly situated employees when plaintiff is the only discharged individual March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 On January 18, 2000, the Seventh Circuit reversed the district court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division's grant of summary judgment to defendant Quanex Corporation. 
Schools’ Liability for Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment Under Title IX By James W. Hulbert and Linda C. Kramer February 2000 Article, Page 88 A review of the impact — especially in Illinois — of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Davis v Monroe County School Board ruling.
Separate detention facilities for female sexually violent offenders February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 On November 10, 1999, the Illinois Department of Human Services adopted amendments to section 299 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 59 Ill Adm Code 299.
Kolstad v American Dental Association: Punitive Damages Under Title VII By David B. Ritter January 2000 Article, Page 36 After Kolstad, employee-plaintiffs seeking punitive damages need only prove that the employer intentionally discriminated, not that the conduct was egregious.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
A plaintiff must introduce at least some evidence of the defendant’s payroll records to show that the defendant is an “employer” for purposes of a Title VII claim January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On November 15, 1999, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of the defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law since the plaintiff, Tina Mizwicki, failed to set forth sufficient evide evidence to show that the defendant was an “employer” for purposes of Title VII.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath November 1999 Column, Page 570 Watch out, HMOs.
Employer Violates Pregnancy Discrimination Act When It Bases Discharge of Pregnant Employee on the Presumption of Future Absenteeism September 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 On July 9, 1999, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois's determination that defendant/employer had violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, 42 USC §2000e(k).
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath September 1999 Column, Page 454 "Same part of the body'' rule update.
The New Legal Landscape for Workplace Sexual Harassment By Allison Despard August 1999 Article, Page 422 A review of recent law, with a focus on employer liability for supervisors' sexually harassing conduct.
Dental office not included as a “place of public accommodation” as the term is defined under the Illinois Human Rights Act July 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 351 On May 7, 1999, the Illinois Appellate Court for the first district reversed the order and decision of the Illinois Human Rights Commission and held that a dental office was not a "place of public accommodation'' under the Illinois Human Rights Act Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath June 1999 Column, Page 298 Guilty but mentally ill'' passes constitutional muster
Despite Governor Ryan’s Support, ``Non-Discriminatory Bill” Pertaining to Sexual Orientation Encounters Dificulties in the Illinois House; HB 474. May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 If passed, House Bill 474 would add "sexual orientation'' to race, religion, sex, and eight other classifications already enumerated in the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.
The Dilemma of Jury Instructions in Federal Employment Discrimination Cases By Chief Judge Joe Billy McDade, Robin Washburne Cozette, and Kimberly Prince Klein May 1999 Article, Page 276 A review of the murky law in this area, with model jury instructions and special interrogatories to guide practitioners.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath May 1999 Column, Page 238 The high court revisits the single-subject rule.
In three instances, a parent and subsidiary corporation may be considered an “integrated enterprise” under federal April 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 190 On February 8, 1999, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the holding of the United States District Court and held that a parent corporation can only be integrated with a subsidiary for purposes of determining whether the employer had a requisite number of employees for coverage by three federal anti-discrimination statutes.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath March 1999 Column, Page 126 The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.
Remarks by a supervisor made prior to a reduction in employee duties are not probative of discriminatory intent in the termination of that employee five months later. February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 On December 3, 1998, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to Ameritech, the defendant.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 1999 Column, Page 10 ADA plaintiffs must be accommodating.
To prove a prima facie case of discrimination under the Human Rights Act, the plaintiff must show that she is handicapped as defined in that Act January 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 13 On November 12, 1998, the first district of the Illinois Appellate Court held that the city's failure to consider accommodations in its hiring decisions regarding the blind plaintiff did not rise to the level of unlawful discrimination under the Human Rights Act because the plaintiff was not considered handicapped within the meaning of the Act.
Six-month distance between EEOC claim and agency rehiring too great to show the requisite causal link in ADEA retaliation claim November 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 596 On September 17, 1998, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's judgment that the plaintiffs had failed to show that the defendant agency had violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by retali retaliating against them after a claim was brought with the EEOC for wrongful discharge.