Q. Can you tell us how the recent amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act affects employers?
A. In August 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation (Public Act 97-0596) that amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. The amendment makes it a civil rights violation for an employer to consider pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, discharge, discipline or other terms and conditions of employment.
The act also requires employers to treat women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions the same as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.
The legislation went into effect on Aug. 26, 2011.