Public Act 102-1102
Public Act 1102 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
|Public Act 102-1102|
|SB3616 Enrolled||LRB102 24112 LNS 33338 b|
AN ACT concerning human rights.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
References to Act.
This Act may be referred to
as the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for
Natural Hair) Act.
The Illinois Human Rights Act is amended by
changing Sections 1-103 and 5-102.2 as follows:
(775 ILCS 5/1-103)
(from Ch. 68, par. 1-103)
When used in this Act,
context requires otherwise, the term:
(A) Age. "Age" means the chronological age of a person who
is at least
40 years old, except with regard to any practice
described in Section
2-102, insofar as that practice concerns
training or apprenticeship
programs. In the case of training
or apprenticeship programs, for the
purposes of Section 2-102,
"age" means the chronological age of a person
who is 18 but not
yet 40 years old.
(B) Aggrieved party. "Aggrieved party" means a person who
or proved to have been injured by a civil rights
violation or believes he
or she will be injured by a civil
rights violation under Article 3 that is
about to occur.
(B-5) Arrest record. "Arrest record" means:
(1) an arrest not leading to a conviction;
(2) a juvenile record; or
(3) criminal history record information ordered
expunged, sealed, or impounded under Section 5.2 of the
Criminal Identification Act.
(C) Charge. "Charge" means an allegation filed with the
by an aggrieved party or initiated by the
Department under its
(D) Civil rights violation. "Civil rights violation"
shall be limited to only those specific acts set
forth in Sections
2-102, 2-103, 2-105, 3-102, 3-102.1, 3-103,
3-102.10, 3-104.1, 3-105, 3-105.1, 4-102, 4-103,
5A-102, 6-101, 6-101.5, and 6-102 of this Act.
(E) Commission. "Commission" means the Human Rights
created by this Act.
(F) Complaint. "Complaint" means the formal pleading filed
the Department with the Commission following an
finding of substantial evidence of a civil
(G) Complainant. "Complainant" means a person including
Department who files a charge of civil rights violation
with the Department or
(G-5) Conviction record. "Conviction record" means
information indicating that a person has been convicted of a
felony, misdemeanor or other criminal offense, placed on
probation, fined, imprisoned, or paroled pursuant to any law
enforcement or military authority.
(H) Department. "Department" means the Department of Human
created by this Act.
(1) "Disability" means a determinable physical or mental
characteristic of a person, including, but not limited to, a
physical characteristic which necessitates the
person's use of a guide,
hearing or support dog, the history of
such characteristic, or the
perception of such characteristic
by the person complained against, which
may result from
disease, injury, congenital condition of birth or
disorder and which characteristic:
(a) For purposes of Article 2, is unrelated to the
to perform the duties of a particular job
or position and, pursuant to
Section 2-104 of this Act, a
person's illegal use of drugs or alcohol is not a
(b) For purposes of Article 3, is unrelated to the
to acquire, rent, or maintain a housing
(c) For purposes of Article 4, is unrelated to a
person's ability to
(d) For purposes of Article 5, is unrelated to a
person's ability to
utilize and benefit from a place of
(e) For purposes of Article 5, also includes any
mental, psychological, or developmental disability,
including autism spectrum disorders.
(2) Discrimination based on disability includes unlawful
discrimination against an individual because of the
individual's association with a person with a disability.
(J) Marital status. "Marital status" means the legal
status of being
married, single, separated, divorced, or
(J-1) Military status. "Military status" means a person's
active duty in or status as a veteran of the armed
forces of the United States, status as a current member or
veteran of any
reserve component of the armed forces of the
United States, including the United
States Army Reserve,
United States Marine Corps Reserve, United States Navy
Reserve, United States Air Force Reserve, and United States
Reserve, or status as a current member or veteran
of the Illinois Army National Guard or Illinois Air National
(K) National origin. "National origin" means the place in
person or one of his or her ancestors was born.
(K-5) "Order of protection status" means a person's status
as being a person protected under an order of protection
issued pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986,
Article 112A of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, the
Stalking No Contact Order Act, or the Civil No Contact Order
Act, or an order of protection issued by a court of another
(L) Person. "Person" includes one or more individuals,
associations or organizations, labor
organizations, labor unions, joint
or union labor associations, corporations, the
Illinois and its instrumentalities, political subdivisions,
of local government, legal representatives, trustees in
(L-5) Pregnancy. "Pregnancy" means pregnancy, childbirth,
or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or
(M) Public contract. "Public contract" includes every
contract to which the
State, any of its political
subdivisions, or any municipal corporation is a
(M-5) Race. "Race" includes traits associated with race,
including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective
hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.
(N) Religion. "Religion" includes all aspects of religious
and practice, as well as belief, except that with
respect to employers, for
the purposes of Article 2,
"religion" has the meaning ascribed to it in
paragraph (F) of
(O) Sex. "Sex" means the status of being male or female.
(O-1) Sexual orientation. "Sexual orientation" means
perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality,
bisexuality, or gender-related identity,
whether or not
traditionally associated with the person's designated sex at
birth. "Sexual orientation" does not include a physical or
sexual attraction to a minor by an adult.
(P) Unfavorable military discharge. "Unfavorable military
includes discharges from the Armed Forces of the
United States, their
Reserve components, or any National Guard
or Naval Militia which are
classified as RE-3 or the
equivalent thereof, but does not include those
as RE-4 or "Dishonorable".
(Q) Unlawful discrimination. "Unlawful discrimination"
against a person because of his or her
actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin,
ancestry, age, sex, marital status, order of protection
status, disability, military status, sexual
discharge from military service as
those terms are defined in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-221, eff. 1-1-20;
101-565, eff. 1-1-20; 101-656, eff. 3-23-21; 102-362, eff.
1-1-22; 102-419, eff. 1-1-22; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21; revised
(775 ILCS 5/5-102.2)
In regard to places of
public accommodation defined in paragraph (11) of Section
5-101, the jurisdiction of the Department is limited to: (1)
the failure to enroll an individual; (2) the denial
of full and equal enjoyment
facilities, goods, or
services; or (3) severe or pervasive harassment of an
individual when the covered entity fails to take corrective
action to stop the severe or pervasive harassment.
(Source: P.A. 96-814, eff. 1-1-10.)
Effective Date: 1/1/2023