Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment
Each individual has the right to work in a respectful, safe, inclusive environment that promotes equal opportunities and is free from any form of unlawful discriminatory practices. Discrimination and harassment are very serious matters that can have a significant negative impact on lives and careers.
We encourage the reporting of any issues or concerns regarding discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. If you believe you are the victim of, or have witnessed, discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, or retaliation for reporting or participating in an investigation of such complaints, please contact:
Office of the Independent Inspector General
Investigator Mary Hain
69 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Complaints can also be submitted to the OIIG anonymously. Complaints can be submitted via:
- ONLINE: Submit Complaint Online
- MAIL: 69 W. Washington Street, Suite 1160, Chicago, IL 60602
- PRINT COMPLAINT FORM: Complaint Form
- COMPLAINT HOTLINE: (312) 603-0745. Please be sure to speak slowly and clearly when leaving your information.
- BY APPOINTMENT: to schedule an appointment to file a complaint in person call: (312) 603-0350.
Please include as much information as possible in your complaint, as this assists with investigating the issue.
An Amendment to Prevent Sexual Harassment in Cook County
On December 13, 2017, the Board of Commissioners approved and adopted "An Amendment to Prevent Sexual Harassment in Cook County." The Ordinance Amendment became effective January 17, 2018.
Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Ordinance (Ord. No. 17-6302, 12-13-2017) can be located here.
Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Quarterly Reports
The Independent Inspector General submits Quarterly Reports to the President and the County Board. Quarterly Reports summarize the status of compliance efforts of Cook County government officers and agencies with the non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy requirements set forth in Section 44-53 of the Code of Ordinances and the sexual harassment training requirements of Section 44-58 of the Code of Ordinances. These reports can be accessed below.
Reporting Workplace Discrimination or Harassment
Individuals may also file a complaint or contact other local, state or federal agencies with jurisdiction over such issues. Consultation with a private attorney may also be considered. Please see the link below for contact information of these various entities.