Illinois Court Takes Charge, Finds No Charge in Disability Case

Before an individual may file a lawsuit under federal and state nondiscrimination laws—such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)—she must first file a timely charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a parallel state agency, such as the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). A recent decision illustrates that not every document alleging discrimination filed with such an agency amounts to a “charge.”