Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Commission on Human Relations

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Employment Decisions and Credit History

As many Chicago businesses look to increase hiring in the new year, it is important to keep in mind that both the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (CHRO) and Illinois state law prohibit employers in most circumstances from using a candidate's or employee's credit history or other credit information as a factor in any employment decision (i.e. hiring, firing, changing terms of employment, etc). With limited exception, the law prohibits employers from inquiring into a candidate's or employee's credit history or obtaining a credit history report from a consumer reporting agency, Employers engaged in the hiring process should be mindful of the types of inquiries that could turn the search for the ideal candidate into a discriminatory scenario, exposing them to liability under the CHRO.

Further information can be found here:

Credit History Handout

The CCHR Accepts Email Filings

The Commission accepts filing of complaints and other documents by e-mail.  For more information, click the following link.

Email Service and Filing Regulations

You Can Submit a Service Request to the CCHR Online

Simply click on the following link and select Discrimination/Hate Crimes Assistance under the Service Type drop-box menu:

Human Relations Service Requests

Alerts (Commission on Human Relations)

High Alert Jun 12, 2016 Statement on Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Low Alert Feb 7, 2017 Overview of New Disability Rights Regulations in Public Accommodations, Effective July 1, 2017
Low Alert Oct 25, 2016 CCHR Budget Statement, FY 2017

Most Recent News (Commission on Human Relations)

Feb 3, 2017 Chairman and Commissioner Mona Noriega's Statement on the Passing of Rabbi Herman Schaalman
Jan 12, 2017 CCHR Approves Updated Disability Rights Regulations to Improve Access for All Individuals
Jan 9, 2017 CCHR Calls for Thoughtful Responses to Recent Hate Crime Made Public on Social Media
Oct 11, 2016 Chicago Commission on Human Relations Announces New Additions to Staff, Board and Equity Council
Jun 22, 2016 City Council Approves Measure to Protect Residents from Discrimination and Ensure Gender Equality
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Commission on Human Relations

  • Phone: 312.744.4111
    Toll Free:
    TTY: 312.744.1088
    Fax: 312.744.1081
  • 740 North Sedgwick Street
    Suite 400
    Chicago, IL 60654   
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