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Harassment: State LAD covers outside business relationships, too

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Everyone knows employers can’t allow sexual harassment or other forms of unlawful harassment in the workplace.

However, in a recent case, a New Jersey appellate court has expanded that principle beyond the traditional employer-employee relationship.

In January, the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a sexual harassment lawsuit can be based on one company’s “discriminatory refusal to do business” with another company.

Although the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) primarily has been applied to sexual harassment claims involving employers and employees, this new decision recognizes that the LAD can also apply to a refusal to engage in business transactions if it is based upon the refusal to comply with requests for sex.

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