On January 21, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed S2995 to amend New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) by expanding protections against discrimination for employees affected by pregnancy, effective immediately. The amendment makes pregnancy a protected characteristic under the LAD, expressly requires that an employer provide reasonable accommodation to an employee based upon pregnancy-related conditions when the employee requests the accommodation on the advice of her physician, and prohibits an employer from penalizing an employee for requesting or using an accommodation. Read this alert to learn more about the amendment, which is similar to a recent New York law and other state laws.

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