Illinois Employers Now Face Broader Liability For Supervisors’ Harassment Under State Law Than Federal Law

The problems for Illinois employers when supervisors harass subordinates just got more complicated. On April 16, 2009, in Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department v. Illinois Human Rights Commission, ___ Ill. 2d ___ (Ill. April 16, 2009) (link: www.state.il.us/court/opinions/supremecourt/2009/april/105517.pdf), the Illinois Supreme Court adopted a new standard that imposed strict liability on employers in cases under the Illinois Human Rights Act involving sexual harassment by supervisors.