On June 21, 2016, the NJ Supreme Court ruled that employees may not be fired or held back from advancement due to the fact that they are in the process of divorcing or separating.
According to Reuters, the NJ Supreme Court voted 6-0 that the state’s Law Against Discrimination’s provision that prohibits discrimination based upon marital status also includes divorce, separation, and even being single. If the employee’s or prospective employee’s marital status has no bearing on job performance or on the environment of the workplace, then it should not be a factor in being hired nor in advancing to a higher position. The employer’s approval, disapproval, or concern regarding the worker’s marital status should not be a factor.
Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad et al