Sexual Harassment and Discrimination: Identifying Unlawful Behavior, Reporting, Retaliation, and Consequences for Bad Behavior

Attend and meet the new MCC and IHRA annual training requirements by the June 30 deadline.

A 120-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

1:00pm-3:00pm EST, 10:00am-12:00pm PST

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This CLE webinar will guide attorneys and accountants on the amendments of the Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) and the requirements imposed by both regarding harassment and discrimination. The webinar will address identifying and responding to bad behavior. The panel will also discuss reporting suspected unlawful behavior, making false reports, and preventing retaliation.


The Chicago City Council recently amended the MCC to require employers to provide training to employees on sexual harassment prevention and bystander reporting obligations. The amendment expanded the definition of sexual harassment, set record-keeping obligations, and increased penalties. The requirements apply to all employers with at least one employee in Chicago. The first set of training must be completed by June 30, 2023, with subsequent training to then be conducted annually.

These obligations are on top of those set by the IHRA. The IHRA prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment, and requires sexual harassment training prevention for all employees. However, the MCC has expanded requirements related to written policy, training, and record-keeping.

Listen as our authoritative panel of employment counsel discusses sexual harassment and discrimination and how to identify it. The panel will also address reporting suspected unlawful behavior and preventing retaliation for reporting. The panel will discuss the consequences for unlawful behavior as well as those for making false reports.



  1. An explanation of sexual harassment under the Illinois Human Rights Act, Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, and Title VII;
  2. Examples of conduct that constitute unlawful sexual harassment;
  3. How to prevent and confront sexual harassment in the workplace;
  4. What a bystander is and how to act when and after witnessing harassment;
  5. An explanation of the difference between sexual harassment and discrimination/retaliation based on a protected characteristic;
  6. A summary of Illinois, City of Chicago, and federal statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, including a summary of employees’ rights and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment;
  7. A summary of responsibilities of employers in the prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment


The panel will discuss these and other important issues:

  • What are the differences between IHRA and MCC amendment requirements?
  • What are examples of inappropriate conduct?
  • What is bystander intervention in sexual harassment? How can an employee intervene in a safe, productive way?

An encore presentation featuring live Q&A.


Mayette, Anne
Anne M. Mayette

Husch Blackwell

Ms. Mayette is a Labor & Employment lawyer who helps employers navigate investigations, litigation and day-to-day...  |  Read More

Molz, Jillian
Jillian M. Molz

Husch Blackwell

Ms. Molz regularly advocates for small businesses and nationwide companies as they tackle complex workplace issues. As...  |  Read More

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