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New Jersey: State Discrimination Law Extends 'Full Protection' to Service in the U.S. Armed Forces

Amended Law Currently in Effect

An amended law in New Jersey extends the "full protection" of the state Law Against Discrimination for service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Amended Law
The state Law Against Discrimination (LAD) generally makes it unlawful to subject people to differential treatment because of certain protected categories (e.g., race, creed, or color). The amended law adds "liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States" to the list of protected categories.

Under the previous law, such persons were listed as a protected class in some provisions (including certain employment provisions) of the LAD but not in others. The amended law makes it clear that these persons are entitled to full protection under the LAD, including (among other things) protection against discrimination in employment and public accommodations.

The law also contains provisions affecting certain public works contracts.

Additional details are contained in the text of the amended law. The law is currently in effect.

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