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Employment Discrimination

    April 23, 2019

    HB252 HUMAN RIGHTS-EMPLOYER-DEFINITION TO ONE EMPLOYEE (Oppose)

    Last Action: Referred to Assignments (March 13, 2019)

    Primary Sponsor: Representative Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago)/Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin)

    Summary: Defines "employer" to include any person employing one (instead of 15) or more employees within Illinois during 20 or more calendar weeks within the calendar year of or preceding the alleged violation. Provides that "employer" does not include any place of worship with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by the place of worship of its activities.

     

    HB 834 EQUAL PAY ACT-WAGE HISTORY PROHIBITION (Oppose)

    Last Action: Referred to Assignments (March 13, 2019)

    Primary Sponsor: Representative Anna Moeller (D-Elgin)/ Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin)

    Summary: Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 prohibiting an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant's prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer, with some exceptions. Eliminates key defenses and significantly increases civil remedies and administrative penalties.

     

    SB 1877 SEX HARASSMENT REPRESENTATION (Support)

    Last Action: Assigned to House Executive Committee (April 9, 2019)

    Primary Sponsor: Senator John F. Curran (R-Willowbrook)/Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield)

    Summary: Creates the Sexual Harassment Victim Representation Act. Prohibits unions from designating the same union representative to represent both a victim of sexual harassment and the alleged perpetrator in any disciplinary proceeding.