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.
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|Oct 25, 2016||CCHR Budget Statement, FY 2017|
|Jan 12, 2017||CCHR Approves Updated Disability Rights Regulations to Improve Access for All Individuals|
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|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|
|May 18, 2016||Mayor Emanuel Introduces Measure to Protect Residents from Discrimination|
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