New Jersey Extends the Law Against Discrimination Protections over Service in The Armed Forces

Effective immediately, New Jersey has amended the Law Against Discrimination (LAD). These amendments extend protections over liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States in various forms.

LAD was passed in order to protect from discrimination based on particular characteristics. These characteristics are protected against discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation and credit/contracting. However, all of the characteristics are not protected to the same extent. For example, previously, age and military service were not protected from being discriminated against under housing and places of public accommodation.

However, this has now changed. Effective immediately, discrimination in all four activities, including housing and places of public accommodation, are now protected by LAD for individuals in the Armed Forces of the United States. This prohibition of discrimination based on such service includes, but is not limited to, the following industry pertinent activities:

  • Inquiring and creating application limitations based on the existence of service in the Armed Forces;
  • Extending a loan or credit, for whatever purpose;
  • Granting, withholding, extending or modifying in the fixing of rates, terms, conditions or provisions of any such loan;
  • Representing either directly or indirectly, by any employee, agent or individual who induces a transaction for the sale or rental of real property from which any person or any of the entity’s members may benefit financially, that the applicant’s service in the Armed Forces may impact a geographical area in an undesirable manner.

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Julio Suarez, J.D. is a Regulatory Compliance Consultant at Bankers Advisory. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and earned his Juris Doctor at the New England School of Law.

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