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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Court Dismisses Discrimination Claims Because Plaintiff Failed to File Complaint with Human Rights Commission

In Gillard v. Board of Trustees of Community College District 508, the appellate court dismissed a case alleging discrimination in a place of public accommodation in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act because the plaintiff failed to exhaust her administrative remedies. The appellate court made it clear that the circuit court has no jurisdiction to hear the alleged discrimination claims because the plaintiff did not first file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. The court rejected the plaintiff's argument that the court should hear her case because she "inadvertently" missed the deadline to file with the Commission, and her case was dismissed.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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