State Law: Illinois
This information is intended to familiarize women with employment discrimination law in Illinois, so that they may assess the strengths of any claims they may have, and educate them as to their rights so that they may informatively talk to their employers. Generally, the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) makes it illegal to treat women differently than men in employment. While the focus here is on sex, it should be noted that the IHRA also makes it illegal to discriminate based on race or color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry or national origin. Women should read the Filing Procedures section to understand the process involved in bringing a claim and what remedies they should expect.
Anyone seriously considering taking legal action should consult an attorney. Women should also be aware that those who take their cases to court are not often successful, and large awards are rare. Women may be more successful pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods such as those offered the Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC), where all claims must begin.
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