Illinois Court Takes Charge, Finds No Charge in Disability Case

Feb 2, 2017

Before an individual may file a lawsuit under federal and state nondiscrimination laws—such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)—she must first file a timely charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a parallel state agency, such as the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). A recent decision illustrates that not every document alleging discrimination filed with such an agency amounts to a “charge.”

The complete article originally appeared on HR Daily Advisor.

Steve Brenneman HeadshotThis article was written by Steven L. Benneman who is a partner at Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP, and an editor of the Illinois Employment Law Letter. He can be reached at sbrenneman@foxswibel.com.