Autism Now a Protected Disability Under the NJLAD

On January 15, 2010, bill number A-4226 became law, expanding the definition of “disability” under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) to include “autism spectrum disorders.” The law does not define “autism spectrum disorders,” presumably because the disorders are marked by varying combinations of behaviors. Employers may learn about autism’s common characteristics from the Autism Society of America by clicking here. In addition to autism spectrum disorders, medical conditions specifically listed within the definition of “disability” under the NJLAD include epilepsy, AIDS and HIV.

For additional information on this topic, please contact Douglas S. Zucker at DSZ@zuckerhatfield.com, or Kathryn V. Hatfield at KVH@zuckerhatfield.com.