The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of domestic partnership and sex, which includes on the basis of maternity and pregnancy. The law covers all private and public employers, regardless of size (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 10:5-1et seq.).
In Gerety v. Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, 877 A.2d 1233 (N.J. 2005), the state supreme court held that pregnant employees are not entitled to preferential leave treatment under the state LAD. The court determined that an employer does not violate the LAD as long as it treats pregnant employees no differently than nonpregnant employees who require medical leave.