Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Workplace Transparency Act Requires Employers to Report Sexual Harassment by October 31

As we discussed last year, the Workplace Transparency Act requires employers to report adverse judgments and negative rulings related to sexual harassment to the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The first reporting period runs from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, and the report must be filed by October 31, 2020. Next year the reporting deadline will be July 1, as it will be each year after that.

You can download this form (to access, click here) to report any adverse judgments or negative rulings, and either mail it to the Illinois Department of Human Rights or email it (IDHR.Section2-108@Illinois.gov). Here is a list of FAQs for employers published by the Department of Human Rights about this reporting.

The reporting requirement applies to all employers. An adverse judgment or negative ruling related to sexual harassment is a final, non-appealable judgment or administrative ruling entered in favor of the employee and against the employer. The adverse judgment or administrative ruling must have been entered pursuant to an action brought under the Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII, or any other federal or state law prohibiting sexual harassment.

Feel free to contact me by email: mdicianni@ancelglink.com or phone: (312) 604-9125 if you have questions about this reporting requirement or need help.