As of Jan. 1, 2008, employees have new rights under the Illinois Human Rights Act. The new amendment, signed last August, permits employees for the first time to bring civil actions in circuit court and have their cases heard by juries.
Originally, the Illinois Human Rights Act was a completely administrative, nonjury process for resolving employment discrimination claims. Unlike an ordinary trial, in which the litigants can conduct extensive (and expensive) discovery, the parties could seek only administrative relief. The cases were heard solely by administrative law judges.
That’s all changed. Before the amendment, the only judicial forum for employment discrimination claims was federal court. Now employees will be able to have juries hear the evidence and decide employment discrimination cases. The new amendment allows employees the full state litigation toolbox, including depositions and various discovery techniques t...(register to read more)