Legislation that Strengthens Human Rights Act Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) that strengthens the Illinois Human Rights Act was signed into law on Friday.

The Illinois 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. SB 2826 clarifies the Act by stating that "order of protection status" includes status as a person protected under any order of protection existing in Illinois law.

“When the Illinois Human Rights Act was enacted there was only one type of order of protection,” explained Olsen. “Since that time, three new types of orders of protection have been created, including No Contact Order, Civil No Contact Order, and Protective Orders under the Code Criminal Procedure. We needed to close any possible loopholes to ensure that proper protections are in place.”

The Illinois Human Rights Act allows the Human Rights Commission to enforce prohibitions on unlawful discrimination in employment, real estate, financial credit, and public accommodations.

SB 2826 is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0714.

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