Additional Update to Proposed New NJLAD Category


On January 6, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly passed Bill No. S-2995, which would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to include pregnancy as a protected category, by a vote of 77-1.  Previously, on November 18, 2013, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed the bill.

If Governor Christie signs the Bill, it will:  (1) prohibit employers from treating women affected by pregnancy or childbirth less favorably than other employees similarly situated in their ability or inability to work; (2) require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related needs when the employee requests accommodation pursuant to her physician’s advice; and (3) prohibit employers from penalizing, in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, pregnant employees who request or use accommodations.

The Bill is pending Governor Christie’s review and signature.