New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Representation
The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR) accepts Charges of Discrimination from employees who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age or disability. You may also file a Charge with the NJDCR if you have been retaliated against as a result of complaining about discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
In New Jersey, you are permitted to pursue claims of discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in court without first filing a charge or complaint of discrimination with an administrative agency, but you have the option of filing a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights before filing a lawsuit.
After you file a Charge of Discrimination, the NJDCR may contact you about attending a mediation to try to resolve your Charge. You should consider having an experienced attorney with you at the NJDCR mediation to represent you.
The NJDCR may conduct an investigation into your matter, which sometimes includes requesting that you complete a questionnaire, seeking additional information and documents from you and your employer, and considering whether your Charge of Discrimination has merit.
Bell & Bell LLP attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of matters before administrative agencies, including the NJDCR, assisting clients with Charge filing, mediation representation, the investigation, and the process following the completion of the NJDCR's investigation. If you need help with any stage of an NJDCR Charge, call Bell & Bell LLP at 215.569.2500 or contact us online.