New Illinois Law Takes Affect January 1, 2010 Adding Additional Discrimination Protections
The Illinois Human Rights Act ("IHRA") also known as, 775 ILCS 5/1-101 will now offer protection to individuals who have an order of protection. Starting at the first of the year it will be considered unlawful discrimination, based on order of protection status, to take any negative job action on an individual if they have an order of protection and there is no legitimate business reason for the negative job action.
This new law adds order of protection status to the current protected classifications of religion, age, race, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, military status, and unfavorable discharge from military service. The initial charge would be filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in either Chicago or Springfield.
Attorney Peter LaSorsa protects the rights of Illinois residents who have been discriminated against because of their protected status. My office in Chicago handles employment cases and wrongful death cases in the northern part of the state of Illinois and my Mapleton office handles the downstate cases. Lasorsalaw.com provides a wealth of information on discrimination.