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Workplace discrimination protections now law in Illinois

8/12/2019, 9:29 p.m.
Women across Illinois will have stronger remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places. Senate Bill 75 clarifies ...

Women across Illinois will have stronger remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places.

Senate Bill 75 clarifies the ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints. The measure was signed into law recently. Senate Bill 75 will require hotels and casinos to provide employees who work in isolated spaces with panic buttons for use if they are sexually harassed or assaulted, and local governments will now be required to report and provide an independent review of allegations of sexual harassment made against local elected officials and makes harassment against contract employees illegal.

The bipartisan measure passed the legislature with unanimous support. The ethics provisions in Senate Bill 75 are effective immediately, the panic button provision takes effect July 1, and every other section takes effect Jan. 1.