Individuals who are passed over for a job or a promotion because they are a current or former member of the military have a local recourse against the discriminating employer. Chicago has amended its Human Rights Ordinance and Fair Housing Ordinance to address discrimination targeting current and former members of the military. Discrimination on the basis of military status is be prohibited in the City of Chicago in all areas under the Commission’s jurisdiction: employment, public accommodations, credit transactions, bonding and housing. This protection includes discrimination targeting individuals on the basis of his/her military discharge status and extends to individuals who are on active duty, or in any reserve component of any branch of any state or Federal armed forces, or a veteran thereof.
For more information, check out our Military Status Discrimination FAQ Handout
The Commission accepts filing of complaints and other documents by e-mail. For more information, click the following link.
Simply click on the following link and select Discrimination/Hate Crimes Assistance under the Service Type drop-box menu: