New Jersey Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey Diversity: What you need to know

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits all public and private employers from discriminating on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), gender identity or expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, liability for military service, nationality, or for the refusal to submit to a genetic test or make the test results available to an employer.
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The Department of Law and Public Safety's Division of Civil Rights (DCR) is the agency responsible for investigating discrimination claims and eradicating illegal discrimination. DCR offers guidance on several diversity-related issues, including civil unions, the state's mediation plan, and bullying, as well as a library of the division Director's final orders and findings on cases related to employment discrimination. For more information, go to www.nj.gov/oag/dcr.
The New Jersey Division of Revenue compiles a "Diversity Registry, " an online directory of small minority and/or women-owned businesses, which buyers from state agencies, authorities, commissions, colleges, and universities use to meet procurement needs. Prime contractors also use the registry to identify potential subcontactors. For more information on the list or to register, go to www.nj.gov/njbusiness.
Last reviewed June 2016.

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