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Your Rights Under the Illinois Human Rights Act

‚ÄčThe Illinois Human Rights Commission is dedicated to promoting freedom from unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Act forbids discrimination based on:

Age (40+)


Arrest record (in employment and real estate transactions)

Citizenship status (in employment)


Conviction record (in employment)

Disability (physical, mental and association with a person with a disability)

Familial status (in real estate transactions)

Gender identity

Marital status

Military status

National origin

Order of protection status


Race (including traits associated with race like hair texture and protective hairstyles)




Sexual harassment (in employment and elementary, secondary and higher education)

Sexual orientation

Source of income (in real estate transactions)

Unfavorable military discharge

Work authorization status (in employment)

The Act forbids discrimination in education, employment, access to financial credit, public accommodations, and real estate transactions.

Our primary responsibility is to make impartial determinations of whether there has been unlawful discrimination as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act. We are also responsible for furnishing information to the public about the Act and the Commission.