Published January, 1987

Poff v. Caro, 549 A.2d 900 (N.J. Super. 1987)

In this case based on New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination, three gay men attempted to rent an apartment but were turned down when the landlord learned of their sexual orientation and feared that he would acquire AIDS from them. The New Jersey Superior Court determined that AIDS is a handicap under the statute and, although none of the plaintiffs actually had AIDS or was HIV-positive, the law protected people who were discriminated against because they were perceived to have or be at risk for contracting AIDS.

For a copy of this opinion, please contact