SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, recently helped pass legislation to create the Worker Protection Taskforce and institute a new unit under the Illinois Attorney General to ensure stronger enforcement of fair pay laws and the protection of other workers’ rights issues.
“Employees throughout our state deserve protection from abusive work conditions and discriminatory hiring practices,” said Mussman. “This legislation will give the Illinois Attorney General a wider scope to investigate improper working conditions, allowing stronger enforcement of current law to ensure employers are paying fair wages and maintaining safe working environments for their employees.”
Mussman supported Senate Bill 161, which will create the Worker Protection Unit in the office of the Illinois Attorney General, allowing further investigation on instances of unsafe working conditions, non-payment of wages, unfair hiring practices and discriminatory behavior across the state at all levels of business. The Mussman-backed measure will also create the Worker Protection Task Force to refine investigative methods and crack down on businesses that exploit workers. This legislation recently passed out of the Illinois House and Senate with strong bipartisan support, and now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
“This legislation will hold employers accountable by creating a watchdog unit under the Illinois Attorney General, and is necessary because workers are entitled to fair pay, safe conditions and freedom from discrimination from their employers,” continued Mussman. “I will continue fighting to support workers’ rights while working to find smart solutions to crack down on dishonest employers.”
For more information, please contact Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.