N.J. judges say bias law covers transsexuals

July 04, 2001
In a decision that further expands New Jersey's antidiscrimination law, an appeals court yesterday ruled that transsexualism is a handicap and that transsexuals should be protected from discrimination.
      "It is incomprehensible to us that our legislature . . . would condone discrimination against men or women who seek to change their anatomical sex because they suffer from a gender-identity disorder," the court ruled unanimously.
      The ruling reversed a lower court's decision, and reinstated a 1998 wrongful-termination lawsuit by Carla Enriquez, a Vineland doctor who sued West Jersey Health Systems, now known as Virtua Health.