A recent federal court case is legalizing marriage between two males or two females in seven states and the District of Columbia. At issue in the court was whether federal benefits could be denied in marriages legal under state law for which it was determined that they could not be denied benefits and the appeal of this decision maybe up to the Supreme Court to decide. In federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as unions exclusively between a man and woman.
Civil rights laws and court decisions do allow a limited number of cases to favoring one group over another, such as preference to have women work in jobs as nurses in maternity wards. However, New Jersey laws ban job discrimination based on criteria set forth under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This includes age, religion, sex and race. In 2006, New Jersey was one of 12 states to ban discrimination based on transgender status by adding “gender identity or expression” to the criteria it lists for discrimination consideration. Currently, New York City also has this ban, but New York State does not.
Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC handles many matters in the area of civil rights law. Our firm has been successful in handling cases related to all forms of civil rights throughout Long Island and the New York City area. For a free consultation or for more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658.