February 23, 2020 Cynthia 1 Comments

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Illinois Small Business Employers Now Subject to Claims of Discrimination

Illinois small businesses used to be protected from responding to claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Not anymore. Illinois recently amended the Illinois Human Rights Act changing the definition of “employer” from any person employing 15 or more employees to any person employing one or more employees. Therefore, Illinois small businesses are now subject to claims of discrimination and harassment.

Illinois Expands Definition of Harassment to Include an Individual’s Actual or Perceived Protected Class

In addition, Illinois expanded the definition of harassment to include not only an individual’s actual protected class but also the individual’s perceived protected class. Therefore, if an employer discriminates or harasses an individual based on an incorrect perception of that individual’s protected class the employer will still be liable based solely upon the employer’s incorrect perception of their employee’s protected class.

Illinois Expands Protections For Nonemployees

Finally, Illinois expanded protection against workplace harassment to nonemployees. Illinois employers are now responsible for harassment of nonemployees by the employer’s nonmanagerial and nonsupervisory employees if the employer becomes aware of the conduct and fails to take reasonable corrective measures. “Nonemployee” means a person who is not otherwise an employee and is directly performing services for the employer pursuant to a contract with the employer. “Nonemployee” also includes contractors and consultants.

Integrate Legal Can Help

Integrate Legal is available to help you understand and comply with the new employment rules in Illinois. Set up a free consultation with me at Integrate Legal to ensure you are in compliance.

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Illinois Small Businesses Are Now Subject to Claims of Discrimination & Harassment was last modified: April 5th, 2020 by Cynthia

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