On my desk this morning is a newsletter from the employment law firm that my company retains – I work for an insurance broker, so we get regular employment-related updates. This month’s update is titled: “New Jersey Extends Statutory Rights and Protections to Civil Union Partners and Prohibits Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression.” Of course the Civil Union legislation in New Jersey has been all over the news, but I haven’t seen comparable press about the Gender Identity & Expression amendment. That’s a shame, because it sounds like they’ve done a decent job.

Separate from the new civil union law, LAD has been amended to proscribe employment discrimination on the basis of “gender identity or expression.” For purposes of LAD, the term “gender identity or expression” means “having or being perceived as having a gender-related identity or expression whether or not stereotypically associated with a person’s assigned sex at birth.”

The full article is here, along with the rest of their articles, which are not generally quite as interesting.

When I worked for Bank of America they made similar changes to their internal employee handbook, prohibiting discrimination based on all of the above, which was a pleasant surprise coming from a company run by a cowboy. And a national email was sent to all of the employees that year, when the company moved up on DiversityInc. magazine’s Top 50 list.

I never expected that I’d be sharing good news and kind words about Bank of America and the state of New Jersey in a forum like this. But I’m really pleased to see that the head muckety-mucks have been taking notice of the rest of us.

Now if only the officers of Bank of America and the New Jersey Legislature were all Conservative Jews…