The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits certain types of discrimination (“differential treatment”) of employees by an employer. It is important to understand that the law does not prohibit an employer from simply treating some employees differently from other employees. Discrimination is only prohibited when the differential treatment is based on certain factors such as gender, race, national origin, religion, age or disability. For example, some employees are paid different hourly wages than other employees. Although this is “differential treatment,” is not necessarily illegal, because it is based on legal factors such as different job duties, length of the service, educational requirements, etc.
If you believe that you have been subjected to unlawful “differential treatment” by your employer, you should consult the employee handbook (or any relevant poster in the workplace). This will provide you with procedures on how to report a complaint.