NJ: Workplace Harassment Legislation

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced that on April 24, 2018, he will sign into law a comprehensive equal pay act.

Unlike similar laws in other states, New Jersey’s law “will extend legal protections beyond gender and provide relief to all classes of employees protected under the state’s antidiscrimination law”.

Fisher Phillips outlined the classes in a recent legal alert:

The list of protected categories in New Jersey is expansive. Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), you are prohibited from discriminating against an individual on the basis of any of the following: race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, sex, gender identity or expression, disability or atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait of any individual, or liability for service in the armed forces.

The law will take effect July 1st, giving employers time to review current pay practices and policies and adjust compensation as needed to comply with the new law.

For more on the potential legislation, please click here.

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