NJLAD now prohibits gender-Identity and expression discrimination

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Last December, the New Jersey Legislature amended the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to protect people from adverse treatment due to “gender identity or expression.”

The statute defines “gender identity or expression” as “having or being perceived as having a gender related identity or expression whether or not stereotypically associated with a person’s assigned sex at birth.” Gov. Jon Corzine signed the amendment into law, making it effective on June 17.

The amendment codifies a 2001 New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Divi-sion ruling, Enriquez v. West Jersey Health Systems, which found discrimination based on gender identity violated New Jersey’s sex- and/or disability-discrimination laws. In Enriquez, the plaintiff, a male-to-female transsexual, alleged her employer discriminated against and discharged her due to her sexual orientation, gender and disability.

The plaintiff claimed she felt like a woma...(register to read more)

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