Most people think the law protects them from any form of employment discrimination. This is not true. Employment discrimination is the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of other people at work, because of their membership in a legally protected category such as race, gender, or age. The purpose of the Illinois Human Rights Act is to protect workers in Illinois from unlawful discrimination in employment. Illinois is an employment at will state which means that an employer can fire an employee for any reason as long as the discharge is not based on a protected statue. An employer can treat you unfairly which does not constitute unlawful discrimination unless the action was based on race, gender, age, or another protected status.