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Your Rights Under the Illinois Human Rights Act

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination against individuals in connection with employment, real estate transactions, access to financial credit, the availability of public accommodations, and education (freedom from sexual harassment).  The Act secures for all individuals within Illinois the freedom from discrimination against any individual 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)