New Jersey National Origin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits all employers from discriminating in employment on the basis of national origin or ancestry (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 10:5-1 et seq.). Under the law, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to an individual's compensation or terms and conditions of employment;
• Retaliate against any individual who has made a complaint or assisted in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the state law; or
• Publish a job advertisement that expresses a limitation, specification, or discrimination based on national origin or ancestry.
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Retaliation prohibited. It is a violation of the state law to retaliate against any person for exercising his or her rights under the law or filing a complaint, testifying, or assisting in any proceeding under the law (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 10:5-12(d)). The law also prohibits any person from coercing, intimidating, threatening, or interfering with a person's exercise of rights under the law.
Employers that have contracts with the state of New Jersey are specifically prohibited from discriminating against individuals on the basis of national origin (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 10:2-1). State regulations require that public contractors include a nondiscrimination clause in each contract or subcontract and that all contractors, subcontractors, and government agencies display an official employment poster.
If a contractor is found to have discriminated, civil penalties may be deducted from the amount payable on the contract and the contract may be canceled.
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