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Public Accommodations Charge Information

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Public Accommodations

The Illinois Department of Human Rights investigates charges of Public Accommodations discrimination filed against: 

  • A business, recreation, lodging, entertainment, or transportation facility.
  • A public official.
  • A place of education.  

Prohibited Public Accommodations Actions

 The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in several public settings, for example:

  • A place of public accommodation: To deny or refuse the full and equal enjoyment of facilities, goods and services.
  • A public official: To deny or refuse the full and equal enjoyment of the services or facilities under the official's care.
  • A place of education: To refuse to enroll, allow access to facilities, goods or services; or engage in or fail to take corrective action to stop severe or pervasive harassment.  

Types Of Discrimination Covered

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Harassment
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Military Status
  • Age - (40 and over)
  • Order of Protection Status
  • Disability - (physical and mental)
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Orientation - (including gender-related identity)
  • Pregnancy - (including child birth, or related medical or common conditions)
  • Unfavorable Military Discharge
  • Retaliation - (for opposing unlawful discrimination)
  • Coercion / Aiding and Abetting - (helping or forcing a person to commit unlawful discrimination)  

What The Department Cannot Do

The Department cannot investigate Public Accommodations charges:

  • Based on political affiliations, personality conflicts, etc., unless such actions are alleged to be discriminatory for one or more of the reasons listed above.
  • Alleging unfair actions within prison facilities because they are not places of public accommodations.
  • Against places of education related to curriculum content or course offerings.
  • Against the Federal Government or Federal Officials. 

To File A Charge

Submit a completed Public Accommodations Complainant Information Sheet (CIS) either by email, mail, fax or in person.  If your allegations are covered under the Illinois Human Rights Act, a charge will be drafter for your signature.  A charge of Public Accomodations discrimination must be filed within 300 days of the alleged discrimination.  Download the CIS form using the button above.

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