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Senator Toi W. Hutchinson
40th District

SPRINGFIELD – Pregnant women across Illinois can collectively exhale as discrimination against their current condition is now a civil rights violation in Illinois. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) sponsored a new law that is making it illegal for employers to discriminate against women because they are pregnant.

“I am so relieved that vital protections are finally being offered to women who want to keep working throughout their pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women in this country still face unpaid maternity leave, which forces them to forego needed income right when another child adds to the family budget,” Sen. Hutchinson said. “For women with healthy pregnancies who need to work as long as possible, this law is crucial to their ability to stop having to choose between their jobs and their ability to provide for their families. This strong pro-family bill should unite people from all across the political spectrum who want to give strong support to families across our state.”

The law requires employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant women in the workplace, as long as it would not put undue pressure on the business to do so. An employer is in violation of the new law if the pregnant woman is forced to take a leave of absence when another workplace accommodation would be feasible, or if a potential employer refuses to hire a qualified applicant because of accommodation requirements.

The law has garnered the support of the Governor’s Office, The Illinois Federation of Teachers, ACLU, Illinois National Organization for Women and the Chicago Jobs Council, among many other groups and organizations.

The new law was presented at a special event today and becomes effective January 1, 2015.

Category: Features


New law providing grant money and immunity

“People who have been enslaved by sex traffickers should be judiciously protected and given every opportunity to heal and move forward with their lives.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

SPRINGFIELD – The fight against human trafficking in Illinois will receive a huge boost from a new law providing funding for the construction and maintenance of shelters and advance specialized services for victims of this human rights atrocity.

Championed by Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), the Specialized Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking Fund will provide grants for essential needs associated with human trafficking and prostitution, while providing that minors can no longer be charged with solicitation of a sex act.

“People who have been enslaved by sex traffickers are now finally going to be lawfully protected and given every opportunity to heal and move forward with their lives,” Sen. Hutchinson said.

The measure is funded with fees and forfeitures paid by offenders convicted of human trafficking and prostitution crimes. Priority services will be administered in consultation with expert advocates, including emergency housing and drop-in centers.

“The offender-funded grants are going to provide for the trauma centers and shelters. This is a cause we can all actively support. Victims need an advocate in every one of us,” Hutchinson said.

The legislation further provides that a person cannot be convicted of solicitation if the underlying sex act is the person’s own act of prostitution. The new law has many supporters, among them the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Senate Bill 3558 was signed into law by the governor today.

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