Legal Information: Illinois

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
March 17, 2022

Can I take time off from my job or change my schedule to deal with violence against me or a family/household member?

Under Illinois State law, an employee who is a victim of domestic, sexual, or gender violence, or a victim of a “crime of violence” or who has a family/household member who is a victim may take unpaid leave from work if:

  • the employee or his/her family or household member is experiencing an incident of domestic, sexual, or gender violence; or
  • to address domestic, sexual, or gender violence.1

If your employer employs 50 or more employees, you can take a total of 12 work-weeks of leave during any 12–month period. If your employer employs between 15 and 49 employees, you can take a total of eight work-weeks of leave during any 12–month period. If your employer employs between one and 14 employees, you can take a total of four work-weeks of leave during any 12–month period. However, if you have already taken 12 weeks off under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, this law does not permit you to take additional time.2 The weeks can be taken consecutively, at different times (intermittently), or on a reduced work schedule.3

You can also use existing paid leave, including family, medical, sick, annual, personal, or similar leave, instead of taking the unpaid leave but you cannot be required to do so; it’s your choice whether to use paid leave or unpaid leave.4

1 820 ILCS § 180/20(a)(1)
2 820 ILCS § 180/20(a)(2)​
3 820 ILCS § 180/20(a)(3)​
4 820 ILCS § 180/25

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