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.
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.
Recent DCR News
Division on Civil Rights Issues New Guidance to Clarify Job Protections Under State Family Leave Law
DCR has created a comprehensive guidance document to clarify the protections afforded by the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA). The new resource announced today is the first comprehensive source of accessible information about the NJFLA and its relationship with other state and federal laws, thus empowering employees to make informed choices about taking family leave…
DCR has issued Findings of Probable Cause in 14 cases alleging violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination’s (LAD) prohibition against denying housing opportunity because of a lawful source of income such as government rental assistance. Eight of the cases were the result of complaints filed with DCR by Housing Rights Initiative (HRI), a non-profit housing watchdog group that conducts tests to detect housing discrimination….
DCR Takes Enforcement Action Against 35 Housing Providers for Failing to Comply with the Fair Chance in Housing Act
DCR has issued 35 Notices of Violation to housing providers across the State for allegedly violating New Jersey’s Fair Chance in Housing Act (FCHA). The Notices of Violation were served on housing providers located in 23 municipalities across 12 counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, and Union…
Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced the launch of the Home Appraisal Discrimination Initiative to address persistent systemic inequities in real estate appraisals, which play a critical role in the homebuying and home refinancing process. The Initiative, which was developed by the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) in partnership with the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), encompasses a number of key actions the Department of Law and Public Safety is taking to address bias and discrimination in home appraisals…
Continuing the Conversation: Addressing the Intersectionality between Historical Trauma and Mental Health in the Black Community
Feb 28, 2024 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Program Learning Objectives
- An awareness of some key areas that impact mental health in the Black community.
- An understanding of structural and other types of racism and how it contributes to community and individual trauma.
- An understanding of how community trauma may impact individual mental health, regardless of age, in the Black community.
- An understanding of the importance of advocating for proper treatment for mental health issues.
- An awareness of some of the strategies being undertaken by panelists to address mental health in the Black community.
- Some of the challenges that persist as a result of discriminatory practices in mental healthcare and possible action steps community members can take to help lessen the impact of bias and related inequities in New Jersey.
Register Here: bit.ly/MHintheBlackCommunityThree
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
DCR 75th Anniversary
DCR invites all community members to join us for the virtual #StopTheHate Series.
In case you missed the Fair Chance in Housing Act virtual event:
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White Supremacy, Domestic Threats, & Youth Extremism Listening Session
In case you missed the listening sessions on White Supremacy, Domestic Threats, & Youth Extremism.