Four lesbian women are suing a U. In a landmark case, the women filed the complaint after being rejected by their insurer for infertility treatment and arguing the law discriminated against infertile gay women by forcing them - not straight women - to pay for procedures. The civil complaint filed in a federal court in the state of New Jersey adds to an ongoing debate in the United States about the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community. Grace Cathryn Cretcher, an attorney for the women, said she believed this was the first case of its kind with the women trying to change the legal definition of infertility to make it easier for future lesbian couples seeking to have a baby. According to the suit, the law in New Jersey defines infertility as when a woman cannot conceive after a year or more of unprotected intercourse. The four women are seeking an order declaring the New Jersey insurance law is unconstitutional and discriminatory and also an injunction ordering the state to expand insurance cover for infertility to women in same-sex relationships.
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Effective immediately, same sex couples can marry in the Garden State. In order to do that, they first need a marriage license. Approximately three weeks ago, a lower court had ruled that gays must be permitted to marry, and Governor Christie had filed an appeal. Governor Christie also had asked the higher courts to stop marriage licenses from being issued while the appeal was going on, but the higher courts rejected that short-term request, paving the way for gays across New Jersey to wed right away. It is important for gays in New Jersey to understand that, while they can get licenses and can get married now, they still could find themselves in legal limbo again later if down the road the State Supreme Court decides to invalidate the marriages. That final decision is not likely to happen for about a year, or even longer. In the meantime, and until the upper courts rule otherwise, wedding bells are pealing across New Jersey.
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Child sexual abuse in New Jersey is an ongoing epidemic that seems to only be getting worse. However, under the new bill signed into law in February , as of December of , any adult who was a victim of child sexual abuse has an expanded statute of limitations. More importantly, starting December , if you were told your statute of limitations ran out to file a claim for child sexual abuse, you have 2 years to file a claim, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred or your current age. For the past 25 years, the experienced attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group have helped child sexual abuse victims get the compensation and justice they deserve.
Whether we are negotiating an employment contract, litigating or negotiating a discrimination claim, or simply giving employment-related advice, we are mindful of these experiences. LGBTQ discrimination involves treating an individual unfavorably based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation regardless of whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, or heterosexual or gender identity. For example, a heterosexual employee who is being harassed for being gay can still bring a successful LGBTQ discrimination lawsuit.