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NJ Division on Civil Rights

Learn how to file or respond to a complaint of discrimination, and how to register your organization to receive complaints, through the NJ Bias Investigation Access System (NJBIAS).

Home Appraisal Discrimination

DCR is committed to combating discrimination in home appraisals.  Learn more about our initiative to tackle appraisal bias in New Jersey.

Housing Discrimination Protections

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits discrimination in housing based on actual or perceived protected characteristics. The Fair Chance in Housing Act prohibits landlords from rejecting prospective tenants because of their criminal history except in certain limited circumstances.

Our Resources

Division on Civil Rights Fact Sheets offer brief overviews of different areas covered by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA), and the Fair Chance in Housing Act (FCHA) in 14 different languages. View our library of resources, including fact sheets, reports, model policies, and more.

Multiple Dwelling Reporting Rule

Click here to learn more about the Multiple Dwelling Reporting Rule.

Click here to file your MDRR Report   MDRR Online Filing Form
The deadline for filing the 2023 MDRR Reports was February 13, 2024

How to File a Complaint
Click here to learn more about how to file a complaint with the Division on Civil Rights
Recent DCR News

Attorney General Platkin and Division on Civil Rights Announce Enforcement Actions Against Crowne Plaza Edison Hotel for Alleged Disability Discrimination

Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) announced that DCR has issued Findings of Probable Cause in two cases involving allegations that the Crowne Plaza Edison hotel violated the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) by failing to provide accessible public restrooms when it hosted a conference for people with spina bifida and other disabilities…

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AG Platkin Issues Bias Incident Report for 2021 and 2022 and Releases 2023 Preliminary Bias Data

Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced the release of a report analyzing final bias incidents statistics in New Jersey in 2021 and 2022. Consistent with national trends, the report shows that incidents of bias and hate remain on the rise and 2022 had the highest number of reported bias incidents since the State began reporting bias incidents nearly three decades ago. Preliminary data for 2023 was also released today, indicating that the upward trend in reported bias incidents has continued – with an initial showing of a 22% increase in reported incidents in 2023 compared to 2022. To help combat the rising tide of bias and hate, a public awareness bias campaign and an interactive bias data dashboard were also launched today…

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DCR Notices

Domestic Workers Will Soon Be Covered by the NJ Law Against Discrimination

As of July 2024, domestic workers will be protected from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Examples of domestic workers are housekeepers, in-home caretakers for children, in-home caretakers for elderly people, chefs, and butlers.

The New Jersey Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act also amends the definition of employer to include any person or entity that provides compensation for the performance of domestic services.

Learn more about worker protections enforced by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development here.

DCR stands with immigrant and refugee communities.
Our division enforces the Law Against Discrimination to protect all New Jersey residents, regardless of immigration status. Learn more here. If you believe you have been subject to discrimination or bias-based harassment within the last 180 days, you can file with our division using our online system: bias.njcivilrights.gov.

Required Posters

On August 1, 2022, DCR adopted new and amended regulations to increase the visibility and effectiveness of posters that the State requires employers, housing providers, and places of public accommodation to display to inform people of their rights under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and Family Leave Act (FLA). All covered businesses, employers, and housing providers are required by law to display the applicable posters.

If you have prior versions of these posters displayed, please remove them and replace them with the updated posters, which can be found here. Click here to read the regulations and here to read the press release.

DCR Events & Updates

Building on Progress: Conversations on the State of Fair Housing in New Jersey

Join the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights during National Fair Housing Month to celebrate the 79th Anniversary of the Law Against Discrimination. In this webinar we will explore the victories and current challenges in fair and affordable housing. Panel participants will discuss longstanding issues and new issues relating to fair housing, including those related to systemic discrimination. The panelists will culminate the discussion by identifying solutions to reduce housing discrimination and bias.

Date: April 17, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Registration Link: bit.ly/LAD79thAnniversary

DCR Civil Rights Insights Webinar Series

The Impact of Appraisal Discrimination on New Jersey’s Communities of Color

Join New Jersey fair housing and industry experts for a discussion on systemic racial inequities in appraisal practices. Racial disparities in residential property appraisals, along with other discriminatory housing practices, contribute to the racial wealth gap, to segregated neighborhoods, and to inequality in homeownership rates.

Panelists will share historical context on housing inequality, the ways bias appears in residential property appraisals, and explain strategies for advancing equity in the appraisal process. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Register Here:

April 22, 2024
12:00pm – 1:30pm
bit.ly/Appraisal_Bias_4-22
May 29, 2024
10:00am – 11:30am
bit.ly/Appraisal_Bias_5-29

File a Complaint

Learn more about how to file a civil rights complaint with DCR.

Civil Rights Trainings

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights offers interactive trainings aimed at preventing and addressing discrimination through their Education and Training Unit.

See training topics and registration links here.

Fair Chance in Housing Act

Beginning January 1, 2022 DCR now enforces the Fair Chance in Housing Act. Click here to learn more about the law.

Housing Discrimination

Learn more about how DCR is combating discrimination in housing.

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Immigrants and Refugees

We stand with immigrant and refugee communities. Our division enforces the Law Against Discrimination to protect all NJ residents regardless of immigration status. Learn more here.

Regulations

Learn more about DCR’s proposed changes and finalized changes to regulations.

YBTF Student Competition

NJBIAS

Learn how to file or respond to a complaint of discrimination, and how to register your organization to receive complaints, through the NJ Bias Investigation Access System (NJBIAS).

Recent Events & Webinars

In case you missed one of our recent webinars.
View them here!


About DCR

Learn more about the NJ Division on Civil Rights, including what we do and how we can help.

Know the Law

Learn more about your rights under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and New Jersey Family Leave Act.

Covid-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Learn more about your rights and protections against discrimination and bias-based harassment related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources

View our library of resources including fact sheets, reports, model policies, and more.

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