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Discrimination in Illinois



Historically, some groups of people have been the victims of discrimination based on personal characteristics, such as skin color, religion and age. Federal and Illinois anti-discrimination laws have been enacted to protect these groups, known as protected classes. A discrimination lawyer can help you take legal action if you think your current employer or a potential employer is practicing discrimination.

If You're a Discrimination Victim: Your Legal Options

Under federal law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on:

  • Age (if the individual is at least 40 years old)
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Race and skin color
  • National origin
  • Genetic information
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy

Illinois anti-discrimination laws also make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity.

If you think you've been discriminated against, hire a discrimination attorney or employment lawyer immediately. You have 180 days from the date of the discrimination to file a legal claim against the company.

Depending on the nature of the claim, your complaint will be filed with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The agency will investigate your claim and attempt to reach a resolution. Depending on the outcome, you may be given a letter that authorizes you to file a lawsuit in Illinois civil court.

Find & Hire Local Illinois Discrimination Attorneys

Let Attorneys.com help you locate discrimination lawyers in your area! Call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. We'll ask you a few brief questions, then quickly connect you with a lawyer in your area, whether you live in Chicago, Springfield, Rockford or elsewhere in the state.