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Argued May 31, 2001

These consolidated appeals arise from the summary judgment dismissal of two complaints filed by plaintiff Carla Enriquez, a male-to-female transsexual, for wrongful termination of her employment as medical director of a learning behavior center owned and managed by the various corporate and individual defendants. Most significantly, this appeal raises the novel issues of whether gender dysphoria or transsexualism is a handicap under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 through -49 (“LAD”), and whether the LAD precludes an employer from discriminating on the basis of someone’s sexual identity or gender. We answer both questions in the affirmative and reverse and remand for further proceedings.

 
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