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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).

Covid-19 Resources

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

Anti-Racist Statement

Read DCR’s statement and commitment to anti-racist work.

Celebrating 76 Years

NJ Division on Civil Rights

In 1945, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination became the first state-level civil rights statute in the country. The Division on Civil Rights is charged with enforcing this law, and with preventing and eliminating discrimination in the state of New Jersey.

Addressing Discrimination in New Jersey Education

January 26, 2023 | 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Presented by: U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights & New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. This is a panel discussion featuring federal, state, parent/caretaker and student advocacy organizations that will educate and provide an overview of their jurisdiction over discrimination in the educational setting and/or a focus on disparate discipline in educational settings relative to race, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin or many other protected characteristics. Speakers will highlight the federal and state protections provided to students, including recent developments in federal and state protections, and the ways the government and community organizations can enforce those civil rights laws.

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Fair Chance in Housing Act – One Year Anniversary Webinar

January 31, 2023 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Fair Chance in Housing Act (FCHA) is the first state law of its kind in the country and is intended to ensure people with past criminal histories have a fair shot at accessing safe and affordable housing.  It went into effect on January 1, 2022. This program will provide important information about the FCHA, and highlight the important changes the law made to eliminate discrimination in housing and ensure that every New Jersey resident has a fair chance to obtain housing.

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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 Reaches Landmark Settlement in Mortgage Redlining Case
On July 27th, DCR reached a landmark settlement with Trident Mortgage Company LP and Fox & Roach LP over allegations of race-based ‘redlining’ in lending practices in the Camden area. To read the press release, click here. To file a complaint related to mortgage discrimination, click here.

Multiple Dwelling Reporting Rule
Click here to learn more about the Multiple Dwelling Reporting Rule or to file your report.

DCR News, Events & Updates

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.

Bias Incident Report, 2020

Read the complete Bias Incident Report, 2020 here

Statue of Liberty

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.


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

YBTF Student Competition


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.


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

Recent DCR News


Join us on Feb. 9th at our NEW housing training: The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in Housing. This training will provide an overview of the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and review housing protections under the law. Register Now: http://bit.ly/3it1xkt

Today is the 30th anniversary of the FMLA, which provides extended job-protected leave. In addition to the FMLA, NJ residents are also protected by the NJFLA. In some cases, an individual can separately use both FMLA & NJFLA, which can add up to 24 weeks of leave in total.

Today is Rosa Parks’s birthday. We celebrate her activism and work in the civil rights movement. Best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, she spent her life fighting for racial justice & against sexual violence towards Black women.
#CivilRightsNJ #BHM

The LAD prohibits discrimination in mental health facilities. This means that your symptoms can’t be ignored based on a protected characteristic. If your symptoms are treated differently based on a protected category, you can file a complaint at http://bias.njcivilrights.gov.

LGBTQ+ student organizations must be treated the same as other organizations. For example, LGBTQ+ student clubs must have the same access to funding as other clubs. Learn more about protections under the LAD at http://NJCivilRights.gov

#CivilRightsNJ #NJBIAS #NoHateInThisGreatSt

The LAD protects individuals from retaliation for filing a complaint. That means a housing provider can’t evict you for reporting housing discrimination, and an employer can’t fire you for reporting sexual harassment.

#CivilRightsNJ #NoHateInThisGreatState #StandAgainstRacism

Under the FCHA, housing providers generally cannot ask you about your criminal history on a housing app. Even after you receive a conditional offer of housing, there are restrictions on what aspects of your criminal history they can consider. visit: https://bit.ly/NJDCR-FCHA

Braids, Locs, Cornrows, & Curls: all of these styles have a deeply rooted history. Learn more about hair and how the LAD protects your rights at an upcoming training on Hair Discrimination and the NJ Law Against Discrimination. Join us on Feb. 1st.

Register Now:

Racial steering - the practice of limiting someone’s housing choices by directing them towards or away from available units based on race and national origin - is unlawful under the LAD. Learn more about racial steering. #CivilRightsNJ #NoHateInThisGreatState #StandAgainstRacism

Members of the armed forces are protected from discrimination under the LAD.
Employers can’t refuse to hire someone because they may be called to duty at some point in the future. Learn more about the protections the LAD provides.

#CivilRightsNJ #NoHateInThisGreatState

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