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Record #: O2017-8684   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 12/13/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
Final action: 2/28/2018
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 2-156-010 and 2-156-149 regarding definition of sexual harassment as related to interaction with government entities
Sponsors: Laurino, Margaret, Hairston, Leslie A., Harris, Michelle A., Smith, Michele, Mell, Deborah, Mitts, Emma, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Silverstein, Debra L., O'Connor, Patrick, Sposato, Nicholas, Lopez, Raymond A., Foulkes, Toni, Valencia, Anna M.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 156 Governmental Ethics
Attachments: 1. O2017-8684.pdf




WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and


WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; and


WHEREAS, sexual harassment has long been an abhorred tool of subjugation and abuse in the workplace; and


WHEREAS, a spate of recent high-profile allegations against seemingly unassailable and powerful individuals has culminated in a clamor to hold all aggressors accountable for their actions regardless of their status; and


WHEREAS, the Chicago City Council has recently enacted ordinances to ensure that prohibited sexual harassment by all elected City officials of any other City official or employees; and


WHEREAS, though these laws and internal policies govern sexual harassment in the workplace, some victims fall outside of the protections afforded to employees; and


WHEREAS, for lobbyists, vendors, contractors, and members of the general public that interact with governmental bodies on a daily basis, there is a protection gap with respect to sexual harassment in these interactions; and


WHEREAS, the Chicago City Council continues to lead the charge to close the gap in protecting all from sexual harassment; now therefore,




SECTION 1. Section 2-156-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting the underscored language as follows:


(Omitted sections are unaffected by this ordinance.)


(z) "Sexual harassment" means any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or conduct of a sexual nature when (i) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or of any governmental decision: or (ii) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for any employment or other governmental decision affecting the individual or the individual's client or employer: or (iii) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.


SECTION 2. Section 2-156-149 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by deleting the struck through language as follows:


2-156-149 Sexual Harassment by Officials.

No official holding any elected office of the city shall engage in. encourage, or permit - by action or inaction - behavior constituting sexual harassment of any-other City official or employee. This requirement does not limit or replace any other applicable law, rule, regulation, process, or policy regarding such conduct.



SECTION 3. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon passage and publication

Alderman, 5lh Ward

Margaret Laurino Alderman, 39th Ward


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Michelle A. Harris Alderman, 8th Ward

Michele Smnrf~ Alderman, 43rd Ward




Carrie M. Austin Alderman, 34th Ward





Pat Dowell Alderman, 3rd Ward




Sophia King Alderman, 4th Ward

Deborah Mell Alderman, 33rd Ward





Toni Foulkes Alderman, 16th Ward

Smma Mitts Alderman, 37,h Ward



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