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New protected class under Illinois Human Rights Act

September 8, 2009

According to IAR legal counsel, REALTORS® need to be aware of Public Act 96-0447 which adds a new protected class to the Illinois Human Rights Act. The new protected class is “order of protection status.” What this means for housing is that housing can’t be denied to a person based on the fact that the person is covered by an order of protection in Illinois or any other state. In addition this could affect employers where employers may not refuse to hire or make other employment decisions based on an employee’s status as being covered under an order of protection in Illinois or any other state. This amendment becomes effective on January 1, 2010.

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