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Articles on Human Rights

Department of Human Rights authorized to develop pilot project for electronic filing

December
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Human Rights adopted amendments allowing the Department to develop an Electronic Filing Pilot Project providing procedures for electronic signatures and the electronic filing of documents when complaints or charges against an employer are filed with the Department.

Non-governmental, for-profit entities with 50 or fewer employees receive reduced fee for the Department of Human Rights’ Training Institute

December
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Amendments were adopted to the Access to Local Records of the Department of Human Rights modifying the Department of Human Rights' regulations regarding the cost for on-site training conducted by the Department's Training Institute.

Transgender rights in schools - not just about bathrooms

By Matthew Hector
August
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
A joint letter from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education affirming transgender rights addresses a number of issues, including sports.

Department of Labor may refer joint equal pay and human rights complaints to the Department of Human Rights

March
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 26
Amendments to 56 Ill. Adm. Code 320 (eff. Dec. 21, 2015) allow for the Department of Labor (DOL) to determine, at any time during a pending complaint, to refer such matter to the Department of Human Rights (DHR) if the complaint also alleges a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Prohibition of transgender discrimination in health insurance practices

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
As of July 1, 2015, discriminatory insurance practices against transgender persons will no longer be tolerated. 50 Ill. Adm. Code 2603 (eff. July 1, 2015).

The right to go topless

By Matthew Hector
January
2015
LawPulse
Page 10
Is a Chicago ordinance that requires women but not men to cover their breasts unconstitutional?

Stronger workplace rights for pregnant women and new moms

By Matthew Hector
November
2014
LawPulse
Page 518
A new Illinois law, one of the most protective nationwide, requires employers to provide a range of reasonable accommodations to pregnant woman and new mothers.

Human trafficking victims can assert tattoo removal cost losses

July
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 320
Under the Victim Compensation Tattoo Removal Act, the definition of "pecuniary loss" now includes the costs incurred in hiring a licensed professional to remove a trafficking tattoo.

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 H. 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.

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