Gov. Rauner urged to sign Human Rights Act expansion bill
Civil rights organizations are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Human Rights Act Expansion Bill.
This bill would extend discrimination protection to employees of small businesses.
Right now, the Illinois Human Rights Act only applies to businesses with more than 15 employees, and protects employees from being discriminated against in the workplace due to gender, age, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
This bill would extend those protections to most workers in Illinois, regardless of the size of the business.
Supporters of the bill said no matter the size, everyone needs to be treated equally.
"When you finally get up the nerve to report something you know is wrong, being told by the state that we can't help you because it's not actually illegal for your boss to discriminate against you," Anna Koeppel, of Laborers' International Union of North America, said.
The bill has passed the House and the Senate at the end of the 2018 legislative session.