New Jersey Enhances Discrimination Protection for Military Reserves

New Jersey Discrimination Protection Military Reserves

A recent amendment signed into law by Governor Christie provides additional protection against discrimination for members of the U.S. military.


Before this amendment, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) did include "liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States" as a legally protected category, but only in the context of employment and entering into contracts.


Discrimination Law Broadened for Certain Military Service Members


Included in this category are those ordered into active services because of membership in the National Guard, naval militia or Armed Forces reserve, or those who are inducted into the armed forces through the national selective service.


The amended law extends discrimination protection to this category of Armed Services members for housing and making loans. The changes also include discrimination prohibition for this group in providing access to places of public accommodation including restaurants, stores, parks, hotels, hospitals, colleges, universities and theaters.


Another section of the amendment requires that affirmative action programs for most veterans be put in place on public works contracts. Previously, this provision was only applicable to veterans of the Vietnam War. This requirement mandates that contractors on state construction projects ensure equal employment to most veterans.


Note that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination still does not prohibit discrimination against veterans. However, there is a federal law called the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, otherwise known as USERRA, that prohibits discrimination in employment based on both current and past military service.


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