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New Jersey Governor Proposes Bill to Strengthen Discrimination and Harassment Law

Following New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement to overhaul New Jersey’s workplace culture at his State of the State address, the Governor proposed amendments to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) that would increase protections from harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Mirroring trends in other states, the proposed legislation would:

  • Extend the NJLAD’s statute of limitations from two years to three years;

  • Codify the definition of “hostile environment harassment”;

  • Require employers to maintain and distribute a written non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy;

  • Mandate employers provide non-discrimination and anti-harassment training upon an employee’s hire and every two years thereafter;

  • Compel certain employers to collect and report to the state internal complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; and

  • Include domestic employees and interns within the definition of a covered “employee” under the NJLAD.

The bill is expected to be introduced soon before the New Jersey Senate by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who has pledged to sponsor the legislation.

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Richard J. Cino is the Office Managing Principal of the Morristown and Monmouth County, New Jersey, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is also Co-Leader of the Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Practice Group.

Mr. Cino has a broad area of practice and responsibility with the firm. He acts as lead counsel on all aspects of employment litigation, including defending claims of whistleblowers under various state and federal laws including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, sexual harassment, all types of discrimination,...

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Carla D. Macaluso is a Principal in the Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She focuses her practice on employment litigation for management exclusively.

Ms. Macaluso has handled all aspects of employment law litigation including claims of harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, age, race, religion, national origin and disability, as well as wrongful discharge, FMLA, CEPA, invasion of privacy, defamation, breach of employment contracts and retaliation claims. Ms. Macaluso regularly represents employers in federal and state court, and administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.

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Joshua D. Allen is an Associate in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

While attending law school, Mr. Allen was a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board and a Summer Associate at Jackson Lewis. He also participated in two clinics, the Investor Advocacy Project and the Southern District of New York Representation in Mediation Practicum. As a student advocate, Mr. Allen represented pro se litigants in employment-...

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