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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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).
- August 26, 2021 ACLU-NJ Gives Deep-Dive Analysis of Marijuana Regulations and Submits Petition of Nearly 600 Signatures for Social Justice
- July 13, 2021 Win in Juror Discrimination Case Recognizes Harm of Implicit Bias
- June 29, 2021 Settlement of NJ Civil Rights Suit Promises Necessary Reform Affirming Transgender, Intersex, and Non-Binary People in Prison
- May 5, 2021 Dozens of Clergy File NJ Supreme Court Brief About Harm of Racial Profiling
- March 9, 2021 NJ Supreme Court Ruling Ensures Pregnant Workers Should Not Have to Choose Between Economic Security and Healthy Pregnancies
- January 12, 2021 State of the State Response: 2021 Will Build on Civil Rights Expansions of 2020
- January 14, 2020 Historic Expansion of Rights Lays Foundation for Bolder Social Justice Policies
- January 9, 2020 Law Signed That Establishes Oversight of Prisons and Helps Incarcerated Parents Maintain Family Bonds
- December 18, 2019 Dec. 16 was 'one of the most important days for civil rights in NJ history'
- December 16, 2019 Historic Bill to Expand Driver’s Licenses Passes Legislature, Moves to Governor’s Desk
- 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.
- Hassan v. The City of New York
Challenge to surveillance by the New York Police Department of Muslims in New Jersey.
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