chklt_discrim_100: Discrimination

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

— The Declaration of Independence

The ACLU fights discriminatory practices in many arenas - challenging racial profiling practices on New Jersey's roadways, advocating for Muslim police officers' rights to wear beards on the job in Newark, defending the rights of pregnant teenagers to make medical care decisions without notifying their parents, fighting for the preservation of affirmative action policies in public education, advocating for the rights of exploited immigrant workers, supporting laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities, and much more.

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factsheet: Gay & Lesbian Rights

While the law provides equal opportunity in theory, it is too often denied in fact. From its earliest days, the ACLU has fought for gender equality and an end to sex discrimination. The ACLU-NJ has engaged in a coordinated national litigation strategy to end sex discrimination on sports teams, in the workplace and at universities. For a quick overview of our work, click on the image to the left to download the ACLU-NJ Fact Sheet on Women's Issues (300k PDF).

Legal Cases

  • Mitchell v. Parole Board
    Amicus participation in appeal of parole denial for a prisoner with developmental disability.
  • Sonia Doe v. NJ Department of Corrections
    Challenge under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and New Jersey Constitution to the Department of Corrections' mistreatment of a woman because she is transgender, including housing her for over a year and a half in men’s prisons.
  • Delanoy v. Township of Ocean
    Amicus brief in support of pregnant police officer forced to leave the workplace early in violation of the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
  • Correa v. Grossi
    Can a voter receive a bilingual sample ballot and then a single language official ballot?
  • P.D. v. Middlesex County
    The ACLU-NJ represents P.D., a pretrial detainee with mental illness who, after being unable to make bail, was held in solitary confinement for more than four months.
  • Latino Coalition, Fair Schools Red Bank v. Red Bank Charter School
    Challenge to the re-chartering of Red Bank Charter School due to segregative impact.
  • Adam X v. NJ Departments of Corrections and Education
    Challenge to the NJDOC and NJDOE’s failure to provide, and monitor the provision of, appropriate special education and related services to young people with disabilities in adult prisons in violation of federal law
  • State v. Dickerson
    Amicus brief challenge to the proper scope of pretrial detention discovery.
  • Holland et al. v. Rosen et al.
    Amicus brief, joined by the National ACLU and other civil rights group, in challenge to a federal lawsuit challenging bail reform.
  • Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad
    The ACLU-NJ filed an amicus brief in support of an employee who was fired after filing for divorce from his wife who worked for the same employer.

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