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Your Rights Under the Illinois Human Rights Act

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation against individuals in connection with employment, real estate transactions, access to credit, public accommodations, and education.  The Act secures for all individuals within the State of Illinois the freedom from 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 orientation

Source of income (in real estate transactions)

Unfavorable military discharge

Work authorization status (in employment)