The Workplace Transparency Act is a new Illinois law following a trend of legislation ensuring that employees are protected from harassment or discrimination brought to light by the #MeToo movement. This law adds definition to employee rights through three major parts.
- The first added protection in The Workplace Transparency Act is for employees reporting instances of harassment, discrimination or any other unlawful act against their employer (perspective, current or former). Hiring contract agreements must explicitly lay out that if an instance of harassment or discrimination occurs, the employee may freely report the instance to their human resources department without the risk of their name being disclosed or any sort of professional retaliation, such as being fired or demoted. Employees are also able to freely report any unlawful employment practices or instances of harassment and discrimination to police, seek legal advice and participate in any following government proceedings such as a trial or lawsuit.
- The second addition is that human resources departments must disclose any reports on harassment or discrimination to the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) every year, without disclosing the names of any victims. These instances must be reported no later than July 1, 2020, and every July 1 thereafter.
- Third, every employer is required to provide annual sexual harassment training, approved by the IDHR, to all employees. This training must be completed no later than December 15, 2020.
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