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Chicago Releases Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy, Poster for Employers

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations has released an English-language model policy and a model sexual harassment prevention poster related to Chicago’s new requirement that employers adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and provide annual training to employees and supervisors.

The Chicago City Council amended Chicago’s Human Rights Ordinance effective June 4, 2022, to include new sexual harassment prevention obligations for employers of individuals working in Chicago.

As of July 1, 2022, employers must adopt a written policy prohibiting sexual harassment that complies with Chicago’s new requirements. The policy must be available in the employee’s primary language. The new law also requires employers to provide one hour (two hours for supervisors/managers) of sexual harassment prevention training and one hour of bystander training for all employees each year, and to display posters in locations where employees commonly gather.

Spanish, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi versions of the model written policy should be available by July 1, 2022, according to the Commission. The Commission also indicated model training materials will be provided by July 1, 2022.

The amended Human Rights Ordinance mandates employers incorporate specific provisions, definitions, and information in their written policies. The Commission’s model policy, however, states that it is only a guide for development of each employer’s.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 175
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About this Author

Patrick Rocks, Labor Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law Firm
Principal

Patrick Rocks is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He served as the General Counsel to the Chicago Board of Education, the third largest school district in the country, from 2005 to 2012.

During his tenure at the Chicago Board of Education, Mr. Rocks counseled and represented the Board and its senior management in a wide range of matters. He also managed the Board’s Department of Law which includes 45 attorneys and the Board’s risk management, records retention, internal investigations and insurance programs.

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312-803-2555
Associate

James Hager is an associate in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

Education

University of Michigan Law School
J.D., 2021

Loyola University of Chicago
B.A., 2017
summa cum laude

Admitted to Practice

Illinois, 2021

312-442-6114
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