The Division on Civil Rights adopted new and amended rules and created new posters to promote public awareness of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination and Family Leave Act, acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Aug. 3.
The rules update DCR’s longstanding poster regulations that require employers, housing providers, real estate brokers, and places of public accommodation to display DCR posters informing individuals of their rights and obligations under the LAD and NJFLA. They also impose specific poster requirements for health care facilities, which must now conspicuously display facility-specific “Know Your Rights” posters to ensure that patients, visitors, and staff know that they have the right to be free from discrimination in health care.
“We are proud in New Jersey to have some of the strongest civil rights laws in the nation,” said Platkin. “But it is also critical that New Jersey residents understand the vital protections these laws afford. I commend the Division on Civil Rights for adopting new rules to ensure that New Jerseyans know their rights under our civil rights laws.”
DCR also launched an updated set of posters that all employers, housing providers and places of public accommodation are required to display. According to an announcement by the OAG, these include a new displays for:
- housing property management
- housing sales and rental, and
- public accommodations.
Updates were also released for “Know Your Rights” posters for:
- pre-natal and post-natal facilities
- mental health facilities
- emergency and trauma facilities
- long- and short-term care facilities
- alternative treatment centers, and
- professionally licensed facilities, which include doctors’ and dentists’ offices, pharmacies, and more.
DCR is also launching a “Know Your Civil Rights” social media campaign encouraging employers, businesses owners and the public to post photos of the required posters when they see them being displayed using the hashtag #CivilRightsNJ and tagging the Division’s social media pages.
“DCR’s goal as the State’s civil rights agency is to ensure that the public understands their rights and that employers, housing providers, and places open to the pubic understand their obligations under the LAD and NJFLA,” said Division on Civil Rights Deputy Director Rosemary DiSavino. “These posters are required in places where, sadly, many people still face discrimination. The message and knowledge from these posters will empower people to report discrimination to DCR and allow us to respond to these allegations.”
The new poster rules address the complexities of the virtual workspace. The rules allow employers with internet or intranet sites used by their employees to satisfy their poster display obligations by posting DCR’s official LAD and NJFLA posters on those sites, in lieu of posting them in the physical worksite.