The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) was enacted to prohibit employers from discriminating in any job-related action, including recruitment, interviewing, hiring, promotions, discharge, compensation and the terms, conditions and privileges of employment. The law’s specified protected categories are expansive, and include race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, sex, marital status, domestic partnership status and age.
The NJLAD expresses a clear legislative intent to prohibit discrimination in all aspects of the employment relationship.
However, the statute also contains several exceptions, including one related to age: The NJLAD allows employers to refuse to accept for employment or promote anyone over 70 years of age. The law does prohibit firing someone over 70 because of age.
This exception was the subject of a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling.
Over age 70, out of a job
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