1. Schedule an intake interview
If you think that you have experienced employment discrimination in hiring, promotions, or firing, you must first speak with a member of the CCCHR. CCCHR stands for the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
You can reach CCCHR:
- By email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- By telephone, at (312) 603-1100
- In person, at 69 W. Washington Street, Suite 3040, Chicago, IL 60602
CCCHR will help you schedule an intake interview. The intake interview will not last more than 30 minutes. Make sure that you give a complete description of the discrimination at the interview.
Before the interview, it is useful to fill out an Employment Complaint Information Sheet and send it to the person assigned to your case.
2. File a complaint with the CCCHR within 180 days of the first act of discrimination
Attending an intake interview or filling out the information sheet is not the same as filing a complaint.
If CCCHR believes based on your interview that your claim is credible, it will help you prepare a complaint. CCCHR will base the complaint on the information you gave in the information sheet.
Your complaint must include:
- A detailed description of the discriminatory act, including the date, place, and time
- The alleged basis of discrimination
- Your signature
- A notarization
4. The CCCHR will investigate
A CCCHR investigator will conduct a neutral investigation of the allegations in your complaint. They will collect documents and interview witnesses.
They will then write a report on whether there is enough proof of discrimination.
5. If the CCCHR investigation finds enough proof of discrimination
If the hearing officer finds that your employer discriminated against you, your employer may be forced to pay you damages or hire/reinstate you.
The employer may also be fined up to $500 for each offense.
6. If the CCCHR investigation finds there is not enough proof of discrimination
If there is not enough proof, CCCHR will dismiss your complaint. You can file a request for reconsideration to CCCHR within 30 days of the dismissal.