Chicago Human Rights Ordinance Amended to Include Military Status

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

Chicago has just amended its Human Rights Ordinance to address discrimination targeting current and former members of the military. Effective March 16, 2016, the City of Chicago will prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of military status. An applicant or employee will be able to claim military status protection if he or she is a veteran, on active duty or in the reserves of any branch of the armed forces. These protections are in addition to the existing protections for applicants and employees based on their military discharge status. While these changes will not obligate Chicago employers to give preferential treatment to members of the military, additional care should be taken with respect to any employment decisions made regarding members of the military. Finally, the amendments to the Ordinance do not provide any re-employment right obligations upon Chicago employers, but employers should still be cognizant of any federal and state laws which impose reemployment obligations upon Illinois employers.

If you have any questions regarding the amendments to the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, please do not hesitate to contact E. Jason Tremblay at 312-876-6676 or your designated Arnstein & Lehr LLP attorney.

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