The Cook County Commission on Human Rights enforces the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance. Recognizing the need to combat the effects of bias and bigotry throughout Cook County, the Cook County Board of Commissioners adopted the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance on March 16, 1993. The Ordinance protects all people who live and work in the County from discrimination and harassment in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit transactions, and access to County programs and contracts.
The Ordinance prohibits discrimination and harassment in these areas when it is based upon a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.
The Commission on Human Rights enforces the Ordinance by investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment from the public, mediating disputes when possible and conducting hearings to award compensatory damages and other relief when necessary.
The Commission shares jurisdiction over many complaints with other enforcement agencies.