So you are visiting a public place and a worker at the business is discriminating against you. What if anything can you do? Well under the Illinois Human Rights Act ("Act"), you have legal protection from discrimination in a public business. So what is a public business? Just about any business that is open to the public. This includes grocery stores, doctors offices, clothing stores etc. The only places not included are private clubs. Also, what isn"t covered under the law is if a business professional doesn't wish to do business with you for business reasons--they don't have to. So if an attorney doesn't want to take your case, that doesn't make it discrimination under the law. This particular law under the Act is called discrimination in public accommodation.
If you feel you are the victim of discrimination based on public accommodation, you can file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). The IDHR will complete an investigation into the complaint and issue a finding of either substantial evidence or lack thereof within 365 days. The most important thing to do is contact an employment lawyer who can discuss the case with you. These issues can be tricky and drafting the complaint correctly can make a big difference.