HILLSIDE, Ill. – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is standing with employees across Illinois to protect them against workplace discrimination.

“Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex and so much more can still impact employees across our state,” said Welch. “This is completely wrong and unjust, and passing this legislation expands protections for all employees now.”

Under Welch’s House Bill 4572, the Illinois Human Rights Act’s prohibitions against workplace discrimination would be extended to employees who work for a business that employs 15 or fewer workers. Currently, these discriminatory practices could be used against people seeking employment at smaller businesses, unless the bill becomes law. Some Illinois municipalities have completely outlawed all forms of discrimination in the workplace, and Welch is seeking to expand the protections statewide.

“No one should have to suffer from cowardly discriminatory practices that some employers still use today. It’s just wrong in this day and age,” said Welch. “Whoever you are does not determine what job you can do, so that should no longer be used against anyone unless in absolute extreme cases when there is a legitimate reason.”

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