Guzzardi proposes to toughen law against discrimination in business

By Bill Cameron, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO) Today is the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and one liberal state rep is proposing a new law against discrimination.

State Representative Will Guzzardi of Chicago says discrimination is now permitted in Illinois outside of Chicago in businesses with fewer than 15 employees. He proposes to outlaw discrimination in any business with as few as one employee.

Guzzardi says it’s part of the work still to be done 50 years after Dr. King was killed, “Sometimes it’s easy to imagine that that fight is over, that civil rights was s struggle in the past, that we had the civil rights movement and now we all have civil rights. But as we all know, particularly in day and age, the fight for civil rights is very much alive and it’s important that Illinois be a leader in providing civil rights.”

Some small businesses do complain that some civil rights laws are too onerous on them, but Guzzardi claims that are enough protections in the process to protect them from people who want to game the system by making frivolous claims to get legal settlements they don’t deserve.


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