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Legal Information: Illinois

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
July 10, 2020

Is it legal for my employer to harass me or tell my co-workers if I take time off to deal with domestic, sexual, or gender violence?

Your employer cannot fire you, harass you, or punish you in any way just because you ask for and/or take this time off to deal with domestic, sexual, or gender violence issues or because you are a victim.1

Also, the law requires your employer to keep your domestic, sexual, or gender violence situation private (confidential). For example, your employer cannot tell your co-workers, your clients, or other employers that you took time off to deal with domestic, sexual, or gender violence. Your employer also cannot talk about or write about the reason for your time off. They must also keep private any documents that you give them that relate to your domestic, sexual, or gender violence situation.2

1 820 ILCS § 180/30
2 820 ILCS § 180/20(d)