EEO - Discrimination: New Jersey
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: James Anelli, Robert Pettigrew, LeClairRyan
- The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD or LAD) prohibits discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, disability or liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States. See Unlawful Discriminatory Practices.
- The LAD also prohibits discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of genetic information or atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, or because of the refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test to an employer. See Unlawful Discriminatory Practices.
- Individuals are liable for aiding and abetting conduct that is in violation of the LAD. +N.J. Stat. § 10:5-12(e). See Coverage.
- Remedies under the LAD can include reinstatement, compensatory damages, punitive damages, legal fees and other legal and equitable relief. See Administrative Remedies.
- New Jersey has a robust equal pay law. See Equal Pay.
- Aside from the LAD, other New Jersey state laws cover genetic information, substantive due process or equal protection rights, jury service, smokers, volunteer emergency responders, political activities, public works contracts, public educational institutions, unemployment status and domestic violence. See Other Laws Prohibiting Discrimination.