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NJ Discrimination Law

The Division of Civil Rights of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey offers this advice that may help you recognize discrimination:

About the NJ Law Against Discrimination (LAD)

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) makes it unlawful to subject people to differential treatment based on race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status. The LAD prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit and business contracts. Not all of the foregoing prohibited bases for discrimination are protected in all of these areas of activity. For example, familial status is only protected with respect to housing. The Division has promulgated regulations that explain that a place of public accommodation must make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices or procedures to ensure that people with disabilities have access to public places. The regulations also explain that under the LAD, these reasonable accommodations may include actions such as providing auxiliary aides and making physical changes to ensure paths of travel.

Lynda Lee was co-counsel in the landmark New Jersey Supreme Court Case of Tarr v. Ciasulli, 181 NJ 70 (2004). In that case, the law with regard to emotional distress damages was changed, making it less difficult for a discrimination Plaintiff to win damages for their emotional distress suffered as a result of discrimination.