One of the main ways the ACLU of Illinois works to protect civil liberties and civil rights is through litigation. Litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which our adept legal team fights for equality and civil rights throughout the state.  This section of our website documents the cases we’re working on now and those we’ve handled in recent years.

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Grashoff v. Payne

Excessive fines and fees that unfairly target low-income people are increasingly being used by legislatures and city councils across the country to fill budget gaps.

February 12, 2021

Hobby Lobby v. Sommerville

Meggan Sommerville, a transgender woman, successfully sued her longtime employer Hobby Lobby for prohibiting her from using the women’s restroom at work.

December 22, 2020

Holt v. Springfield

We filed a charge of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the EEOC on behalf of Kate Holt—who was denied insurance coverage for medical care because she is transgender—while a public employee of Springfield, the capital city of Illinois.

November 20, 2020

Iglesias v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

We represent Cristina Nichole Iglesias – a woman in federal custody – who has been denied critical medical care, raped, physically and sexually abused, and even held hostage while housed in facilities for men. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has recognized that Ms.

September 28, 2020 LGBTQ and HIV Advocacy