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Sexual Orientation and National Origin - Investigation

Question: Does the law prevent federal law enforcement officers from investigating someone because of their sexual orientation or national origin? Answer: Under the Justice Department's new guidelines, federal officers are banned from racial profiling based not only on race and ethnicity but also on religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. The new rules were designed to eliminate discrimination without hindering federal probes. Local or state police would need to abide by the rules only if they are working on a joint task force with federal officers. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.

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