Ordinances and Protected Classes

Protected Classes and Applicable Laws



Ordinance Booklet (Updated May 24, 2023) - Includes criminal history protection enhancement
Rules Booklet (Updated September 14, 2023)
Board Rulings Digest (Updated March 2024)



When filing a complaint with the CCHR, one must identify the type/s of discrimination claimed (Fair Housing or Human Rights Ordinance) as to each alleged discriminatory action, as well as the protected status with regard to each claim. For example, if you are alleging national origin discrimination, you would state your national origin.       
  • Age (over 40)
  • Ancestry
  • Bodily Autonomy
  • Color
  • Credit History (employment only)
  • Criminal History (employment only)
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • Military Status
  • National Origin
  • Parental Status
  • Race
  • Religion 
  • Retaliation (for complaining about discrimination)
  • Retaliation (under the Hotel Workers' Ordinance)
  • Sex (including Pregnancy and Sexual Harassment)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Source of Income



U & T Visa Qualifying Crimes


SPECIFIC TOPICS about Chicago’s discrimination ordinances

Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Ban the Box FAQ Sheet
Credit History Discrimination
Disability Discrimination Common Questions
Discriminatory Hiring Practices
Disability Regulations FAQ Sheet
Disability Regulations Flyer
Dress Codes, Admittance Policies, & Public Accommodation Discrimination
Fair Chance Flyer
FAQ - Gender Identity Amendment
Family Issues in Employment
Gender Identity Discrimination
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity Discrimination in a Public Accommodation
Harassment in a Public Accommodation
HIV-AIDS & Discrimination in the Workplace
Housing Choice Voucher Early Intervention Pilot Program
Housing Discrimination - English/Spanish
Information for Business Operators
Is Your Business Accessible?
Military Status Discrimination Fact Sheet
Military Status Discrimination FAQs
Military Status Discrimination Flyer
National Origin Discrimination - English & Spanish
Reasonable Accommodation in Employment
Section 8 Vouchers & Source of Income Discrimination
Security Procedures & Public Accommodation Discrimination
Sexual Harassment Flyer 
Sexual Harassment in Employment - English & Spanish
Sources of Fair Housing Training
Sources of Technical Assistance for Disability Access
What To Do if a Complaint is Filed Against You
Workplace Harassment

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