Illinois Human Rights Act will apply to almost all employers in July of 2020

By: Joshua D. Herman

On August 21, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0430 into law, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”).  Previously, the IHRA applied only to employers having 15 or more employees, except in cases of pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and disability discrimination.

Effective July 1, 2020, the IHRA’s provisions apply to employers having at least one employee within Illinois during 20 or more calendar weeks in a calendar year of or preceding an alleged claim.  This expansion of IHRA’s applicability will subject most employers to potential liability under state law for claims of age discrimination, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other claims previously only available to employees of employers having 15 or more employees.

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