In a landmark decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on June 15 that the two-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit alleging violations of the state Law Against Discrimination cannot be shortened by a clause in an employment agreement or contract.

In a unanimous ruling, the court said an employment agreement created by a company, Raymours Furniture Co., which required employees to file LAD claims within six months, violated the state’s long-standing public policy of eradicating discrimination in the workplace. The company does business as Raymour & Flanigan.

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