Employers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This applies to all public employers as well as to private employers with fifteen or more employees, state contractors and joint apprenticeship or training committees.
775 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/2-102(I); Ill. Adm. Code tit. 56, § 5210.110.
Pregnancy Accommodation and Pregnancy-Related Disability
Effective January 1, 2015, employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees who have work-related limitations stemming from pregnancy, childbirth or a related condition, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
Additionally, employers must treat women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions the same as other employees not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work, including with respect to leave requests. This applies to those employers listed above.
775 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/2-102(I)-(J); Ill. Adm. Code tit. 56, § 5210.110.
Workplace Breastfeeding Rights
An employer must provide reasonable daily unpaid break time for an employee to express breast milk, unless doing so would unduly disrupt the employer's business. If possible, such break time must run concurrently with the employee's ordinary break time.
820 Ill. Comp. Stat. 260/10.
Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide employees with a private space close to their work area, other than a toilet stall, where they can express milk.
820 Ill. Comp. Stat. 820 § 260/15.
""Employer" means an individual, corporation, partnership, labor organization, or unincorporated association, the State, an agency or political subdivision of the State, or any other legal, business, or commercial entity that has more than 5 employees exclusive of the employer's parent, spouse, or child or other members of the employer's immediate family. "Employer" includes an agent of an employer." (Source: P.A. 92-68, eff. 7-12-01.)
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