Many legal aid agencies have discrimination as a primary focus of their mission, while others do not work on these issues directly, but frequently get calls seeking information on enforcing discrimination claims. In the Chicago area, we are fortunate to have a number of anti-discrimination laws protecting a wide variety of individuals. However, it can sometimes be confusing on how to proceed with so many different options.
At the November 10th Legal Aid Committee meeting, we had a panel comprised of representatives from the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. They provided us with an overview of their respective statutes, including which protected classes are covered, which substantive areas are included, statute of limitations issues, investigation procedures, and the new option to pursue discrimination claims in circuit court.
Sara BalesFrank GardnerLon D. MeltesenBarry Taylor