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By Thomas McKinney

NJ Civil Rights Lawyers rely upon New Jersey’s most used employment law — the Law Against Discrimination — that resides in Title 10 of New Jersey’s statutes.  Title 10 is captioned, “Civil Rights.”  The title alone tells us how important employment laws are in New Jersey.  But the Law Against Discrimination goes further.  Section 2 explicitly states that it is based in NJ civil rights: the Law Against Discrimination is designed  “for the protection of the public safety, health and morals and to promote the general welfare and in fulfillment of the provisions of the Constitution of this State guaranteeing civil rights.”  New Jersey pioneered civil rights by passing the Law Against Discrimination in 1948, almost 20 years before the federal government did so.

New Jersey has repeatedly amended the Law Against Discrimination to protect other civil rights.  For example, New Jersey outlaws discrimination due to sexual orientation.  Federal law still fails to protect workers from civil rights violations based on their sexual orientation.

If you have a question about your civil rights, contact one of our NJ Civil Rights Lawyers now.

About the Author
Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.