ASSEMBLY, No. 2590

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 16, 1996

 

 

By Assemblyman O'TOOLE

 

 

An Act concerning penalties for violations of certain civil rights and amending P.L. 1983, c. 412.

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1. Section 2 of P.L. 1983, c. 412 (C. 10:5-14.1a.) is amended to read as follows:

    2. Any person who violates any of the provisions of the "Law Against Discrimination," P.L.1945, c. 169 (C. 10:5-1 et seq.), shall, in addition to any other relief or affirmative action provided by law, be liable to a penalty of not more than [$2,000.00] $5,000.00 for the first offense and not more than [$5,000.00] $10,000.00 for the second and each subsequent offense. The penalties shall be determined by the director in such amounts as he deems proper under the circumstances and included in his order following his finding of an unlawful discrimination or an unlawful employment practice pursuant to section 16 of P.L.1945, c. 169 (C. 10:5-17). Any such amounts collected by the director shall be paid forthwith into the State Treasury for the general purposes of the State, except that at least 75% of each penalty, upon collection, shall be dedicated to the operational expenses of the Division on Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety.

 (cf: P.L.1983, c. 412, s. 2)

 

    2. This act shall take effect immediately .

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This bill would increase the penalties for a violation of New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination," N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq., from $2,000.00 to $5,000.00 for the first violation. In addition, the bill would increase the maximum fine for a second and any subsequent violation from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00.


    The bill would also provide that 75% of each penalty, upon collection, would be dedicated to the operational expenses of the Division on Civil Rights in the Department of the Law and Public Safety.

 

 

                             

 

Increases penalties for violations of Law Against Discrimination.