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What is employment discrimination in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | Jan 15, 2015 | Employment Litigation |

New Jersey workers might be interested in learning more about the laws governing employee discrimination as described by the office of the attorney general. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination makes it unlawful to subject applicants or employees to mistreatment due to their race, nationality, ancestry, sex, age or marital status. Employers are also prohibited from discriminating against these people on the basis of a disability, military history, gender identification, sexual orientation or genetic information.

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits participation in these practices when they may apply to housing, employment, business or credit contracts and any place of public accommodation. The lawfulness of the offense in these areas may depend on specific criteria. The state’s discrimination laws also require that reasonable accommodations be made for the disabled to travel throughout the vicinity. Job-related actions that are not to be influenced by discrimination include interviewing, hiring, recruitment, compensation and conditions of employment.

Employer policies may be considered unlawful if they create an adverse impact for any protected groups. The impact may be lawful if it fulfills a legitimate business need that cannot be met otherwise. Jobs with specific physical requirements for qualifying applicants may be an example of one of these types of scenarios. If the qualifications have a disparate impact on a protected group and are not essential to performing job duties, the policy may be unlawful.

Residents of New Jersey who need advice concerning employment cases might benefit from legal counsel. An attorney may be able to investigate the complaints and help determine whether the employer can be held liable for workplace policies that are allegedly in violation of state or federal laws.

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