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Discrimination Laws


ForumDiscrimination LawDescriptionEnforcement Agency
FederalAmericans with Disabilities ActThe ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (Title I)

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) (Titles II and III)
FederalFair Housing ActThe Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing.U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
StateIllinois Human Rights ActThe Illinois Human Rights Act is a state law that prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, financial credit, public accommodations and real estate transactions.Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)
StateIllinois Environmental Barriers Act

Illinois Accessibility Code
The EBA is the statute that governs physical access for people with disabilities in new construction, additions and alterations to public facilities, and the IAC contains the required design standards.Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Disability Rights Bureau
CountyCook County Human Rights OrdinanceThe Ordinance protects all people who live and work in the County from discrimination and harassment in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit transactions, and access to County programs and contracts.Cook County Commission on Human Rights
CityChicago Human Rights OrdinanceThe Chicago Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations, credit transactions, and bonding, as well as retaliation.Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)
CityChicago Fair Housing Ordinance The Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance prohibits housing discrimination. Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)


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Last updated: February 17, 2023

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