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Nonprofit charitable organization can assert claim under NJLAD for associational discrimination.

January 1, 2019
Oasis Therapeutic Life Centers, Inc. v. Wade, Docket No. A0711-17T2, (App. Div., Dec. 10, 2018)

The plaintiff is a nonprofit charity established to assist autistic children as they transition from childhood to young adulthood. The plaintiff asserted that the defendants, among other things, sought to interfere with the purchase of property for the construction of a transitional residential adult independent learning center. The court held that the plaintiff, Oasis, while a corporation, had standing to assert a claim under the NJLAD and that associational discrimination was recognized under the statute. The court noted that the allegations that the defendants sought to influence or coerce the property owner, who displayed no discriminatory animus, was sufficient to state a claim under the aiding and abetting language of the act.

 

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