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New religious discrimination legislation expands NJLAD

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Employers, take notice: A new type of accommodation is required in New Jersey. Gov. Jon S. Corzine has signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) that makes it unlawful to discriminate against an employee because of a sincerely held religious practice or observance. The new law borrows heavily from similar legislation adopted in New York in 2002.

Under the new law, now in effect, employers must reasonably accommodate the “sincerely held religious practices and observances” of applicants and employees unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the business.

The NJLAD has long prohibited discrimination on the basis of religion. The new law expands the NJLAD’s protection by specifically addressing accommodations. It makes it unlawful for an employer to: “impose upon a person as a condition of obtaining or retaining employment … any terms or conditions that would req...(register to read more)

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