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Who is protected against discrimination?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Discrimination And Harassment

Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, certain classes of people are legally protected from wrongful termination and other forms of discrimination. This law is there to protect the rights of employees and ensure that everyone gets treated fairly in the workplace.


Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees with disabilities. This includes firing someone because they have a disability, refusing to hire someone because of a disability or failing to provide reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities.

Gender identity or expression

New Jersey law protects employees from discrimination based on their gender identity or expression. This includes harassment and failure to provide reasonable accommodation.

Sexual orientation

Today, many workplaces are more diverse and inclusive, but there are still some companies that refuse to hire or will fire employees based on their sexual orientation. An employee should learn about their rights if they suspect that they were terminated because they are gay or lesbian.


Many employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, but they sometimes fail to do so. For example, an employer may wrongfully terminate a pregnant employee because the job requires them to lift heavy objects or work in high-risk environments.


Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on their religion. Whether they’re wrongful terminating someone who refuses to work on a particular day because it’s their religious belief or denying them holidays off for religious reasons, employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees based on their religious beliefs.

National origin

In today’s diverse and multi-cultural workplaces, wrongful termination lawsuits can arise when an employee is being discriminated against due to their national origin. This could be anything from terminating someone because they are not a U.S. citizen to refusing to hire someone because of their accent.

If you’ve been the victim of wrongful termination or any other form of discrimination, it’s important to understand the steps you can take to protect your rights. You may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer and recover damages for the harm you’ve suffered.