Workplace discrimination is an issue that can happen in any state, but the state of New Jersey has specific laws and regulations that relate to this type of employment rights problem. Workplace discrimination occurs when employees receive unfair or contrasting treatment in the workplace due to a defining social, cultural or physical characteristic. Types of discrimination can include harassment, denial of work opportunities, wrongful termination, and retaliation from any other workers. If you are a New Jersey employee, you should be aware of the main workplace discrimination law that highlights the various ways a worker could be discriminated against in the state.
What Is the Distinctive New Jersey Employment Discrimination Law?
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, also known as LAD, protects employees from discrimination in the workplace. LAD prohibits discrimination against race, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, sex, gender identity, disability, military service, sexual orientation, familial status, and marital or domestic partnership status in the workplace. This law helps prohibit discrimination against these categories across multiple departments, including housing, public accommodations, and credit/contracting as well.
What Job-Related Actions Does LAD Protect Against?
The law specifically disallows employers from discrimination in any job-related action. These type of workplace actions include:
- Pre-job related actions: These types of actions include recruitment, interviewing, and hiring processes. This means that an employer is prohibited from recruiting, interviewing or hiring someone solely based on a discriminatory judgment.
- Promotions/job opportunities: An employer is also disallowed to deny a well-deserved or previously promised promotion or other compensatory-related opportunity (such as a raise) based on a discriminatory belief or conclusion.
- Termination: In New Jersey, an employer is lawfully prohibited from terminating an employee based on discrimination.