Rep. Olsen Receives Unanimous House Support for Bill that Strengthens the IL Human Rights Act

State Representative David S. Olsen has received unanimous House support on legislation that amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to clarify and strengthen the definition of “order of protection status” within the Act.

“The current Human Rights Act was enacted when there was only one type of order of protection in the statutes,” said Olsen. “Since the enactment of the Act, three new types of orders of protection have been created. This legislation simply expands the definition to include a person protected under the Protective Orders Article of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Stalking No Contact Order Act and the Civil No Contact Order Act. It is clean-up language to ensure there are no gaps in the Human Rights Act.”

The Human Rights Act defines unlawful discrimination as discrimination against a person because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, order of protection status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service. The Act allows the state’s Human Rights Commission to enforce prohibitions on unlawful discrimination in employment, real estate, financial credit, and public accommodations.

SB 2826, which was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), received unanimous votes in the House and Senate and now moves to Governor Bruce Rauner for final action.

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