Lawmaker Wants To Ban Transgender Discrimination At All Illinois Companies

Craig Dellimore
April 04, 2018 - 4:56 pm
Springfield

Springfield, Illinois.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A state lawmaker from Chicago is introducing legislation that closes what advocates say is a loophole in Illinois' job discrimination laws.

Rep. Will Guzzardi recalled being baffled when he was told about a sign outside a small business that made it clear it wanted to hire a woman who was “not” transgender.

How is this not illegal, he asked then. He soon learned the state law doesn’t cover all businesses.

“If you work somewhere with less than 15 employees, under current Illinois law, you are not protected from discrimination in the workplace,” Guzzardi said Wednesday. “Discrimination should not be legal in any workplace in Illinois, regardless of how many people work there.” 

Guzzardi is co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit such discrimination by any company – period.

Melissa Josephs, with the group Women Employed, says the measure is not asking much – just that businesses do not discriminate. 

The City Chicago already has such a law in place for every size of company.