Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace is a common thing. These acts including sexual harassment not only demoralize employees but also affect their psychological well-being. For this reason, the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on religion, color, race, military status, age, ancestry, sex (sexual harassment included), national origin, sexual orientation, an order of protection status, unfavorable military discharge, pregnancy, as well as mental and physical disability.
If you reside in Chicago, the Illinois Human Rights Act is there to protect you. The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) enforces the Act, which is against discrimination in various areas including employment.
How to File a Discrimination Charge
To file a charge with the IDHR, you need to complete complainant information sheet (CIS) either by mail or in person. In case your discrimination allegations fall under the state’s Human Rights Act, a charge will be compiled for you to sign. An Illinois racial discrimination case or any other alleged discriminatory act has to be filed with the department within 300 days after it occurs.
What is the Charge Process
When filing an Illinois racial discrimination charge, give the Department of Human Rights as much information as you possibly can. The details include your mailing address, full name, phone number and your current location in Chicago. Also, provide complete and accurate details of the employer, the date the discrimination took place and names or contact details of witnesses.
This step is optional. However, it is the fastest way of resolving charge since it is the alternative to an investigation. In this case, the respondents and complainants meet voluntarily with a certified IDHR mediator to help them resolve the charge.
In case, the respondents and complainants fail to participate in a mediation process, or if it bears no fruit, the IDHR begins the investigation process.
- Results and Findings
After the investigation is over, a report is drafted. It suggests whether or not there is enough evidence supporting the violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.
- Legal Review
For dismissed charges due to lack of sufficient evidence, complainants can file a request for review within 90 days.
If you are a victim of Illinois racial discrimination and are seeking justice, contact HKM lawyers in Chicago, Illinois.