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Work Authorization Status Protection

Human Rights Act Enhanced to Include Work Authorization Status Protection

As of August 2, 2021, it is a civil rights violation for employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations to discriminate against an employee or job applicant based on their federally authorized work status. This means that any person legally authorized to work in the United States, regardless of the length of their work authorization, is protected by the Illinois Human Rights Act.

This change in law aligns protections in the Illinois Human Rights Act with those already in federal law.

Click here to learn more about filing a charge of discrimination under the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Click here to read the text of HB 121.

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