Lawmakers address dress codes

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ILLINOIS — A new bill in the Statehouse could impact your dress code at work. Lawmakers want to add new language to the state’s Human Rights Act.

Employers would not be able to discriminate against employees or applicants for hair, facial hair or clothing if it’s worn for sincerely held religious beliefs. 

Supporters say it’s a good step in the right direction. If the legislation passes, it will be effective immediately. State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss joined the bill as co-sponsor.

Employers would still be able to enforce dress codes for workplace safety or food sanitation.


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