The Law Against Discrimination (LAD) is a New Jersey law that provides strong protections for employees from discrimination based on a variety of characteristics. The LAD applies to all employers in the state, regardless of their size, and prohibits discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and other employment-related actions.
Under the LAD, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or job applicant based on:
- National origin
- Gender identity or expression
- Sexual orientation
- Disability (including physical, mental, and sensory disabilities)
- Genetic information
The LAD also prohibits retaliation against an employee who opposes discrimination or who participates in a discrimination complaint or investigation.
If an employee believes that they have been subjected to discrimination or retaliation in violation of the LAD, they may file a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) or file a lawsuit in state court. Remedies for LAD violations can include back pay, front pay, reinstatement, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
It’s important to note that the LAD provides more extensive protections than federal anti-discrimination laws, and New Jersey courts have generally been very protective of employees’ rights under the law. If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination or retaliation in the workplace, it’s important to speak with an experienced employment law attorney to understand your rights and options.
If you feel that you’re a victim of employment discrimination, contact us at (973) 383-2700 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.