1. All Employees and applicants for employment have the right and are encouraged to immediately report suspected violations of the State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace, N.J.A.C. 4A:7-3.1.
2. Complaints of prohibited discrimination/harassment can be reported to either Barbara Milton, the EEO/AA Officer, or to any supervisory employee of the State agency. Complaints may also be reported to the President.
3. Every effort should be made to report complaints promptly. Delays in reporting may not only hinder a proper investigation, but may also unnecessarily subject the victim to continued prohibited conduct.
employees shall immediately report all alleged violations of the
State of New Jersey Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace
to Barbara Milton, EEO/AA Officer. Such a report shall include both
alleged violations reported to a supervisor, and those alleged violations
directly observed by the supervisor.
5. If reporting a complaint to any of the persons set forth in paragraphs 2 through 4 above presents a conflict of interest, the complaint may be filed directly with the Department of Personnel, Division of EEO/AA, P.O. Box 315, Trenton, NJ 08625. An example of such a conflict would be where the individual against whom the complaint is made is involved in the intake, investigation or decision making process.
6. In order to facilitate a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation, all complainants are encouraged to submit a New Jersey Department of Personnel Discrimination Complaint Processing Form (DPF-481). An investigation may be conducted whether or not the form is completed.
7. Each State
agency shall maintain a written record of the discrimination/harassment
complaints received. Written records shall be maintained as confidential
records to the extent practicable and appropriate. A copy of all
complaints (regardless of the format in which submitted) must be
submitted to the Department of Personnel, Division of EEO/AA, by
the State agency's EEO/AA Officer, along with a copy of the acknowledgement
letter(s) sent to the person(s) who filed the complaint and, if
applicable, the complaint notification letter sent to the person(s)
against whom the complaint has been filed. If a written complaint
has not been filed, the EEO/AA Officer must submit to the Division
of EEO/AA a brief summary of the allegations that have been made.
Copies of complaint filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil
Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or in
court also must be submitted to the Division of EEO/AA.
8. During the initial intake of a complaint, the EEO/AA Officer or authorized designee will obtain information regarding the complaint, and determine if interim corrective measures are necessary to prevent continued violations of the State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace.
9. At the EEO/AA Officer's discretion, a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the alleged harassment or discrimination will take place.
10. An investigatory report will be prepared by the EEO/AA Officer or his or her designee when the investigation is completed. The report will include, at a minimum:
a. A summary
of the complaint;
b. A summary of the parties' positions;
c. A summary of the facts developed through the investigation; and
d. An analysis of the allegations and the facts.
The investigatory report will be submitted to the President who will issue a final letter of determination to the parties.
11. The President will review the investigatory report issued by the EEO/AA Officer or authorized designee, and make a determination as to whether the allegation of a violation of the State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace has been substantiated. If a violation has occurred, the President will determine the appropriate corrective measures necessary to immediately remedy the violation.
12. The President will issue a final letter of determination to both the complainant(s) and the person, against whom the complaint was filed, setting forth the results of the investigation and the right of appeal to the Merit System Board as set forth in Paragraphs 13 and 14, below. To the extent possible, the privacy of all parties involved in the process shall be maintained in the final letter of determination. The Division of EEO/AA, Department of Personnel shall be furnished with a copy of the final letter of determination.
letter shall include, at a minimum:
1. A brief summary of the parties' positions;
2. A brief summary of the facts developed during the investigation; and
3. An explanation of the determination, which shall include whether:
i. The allegations were either substantiated or not substantiated; and
ii. A violation of the State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace did or did not occur.
b. The investigation of a complaint shall be completed and a final letter of determination shall be issued no later than 120 days after the initial intake of the complaint referred to in Paragraph 8, above, is completed.
c. The time for completion of the investigation and issuance of the final letter of determination may be extended by the State agency head for up to 60 additional days in cases involving exceptional circumstances. The President shall provide the Division of EEO/AA and all parties with written notice of any extension and shall include in the notice an explanation of the exceptional circumstances supporting the extension.
13. A complainant who is in the career, unclassified or senior executive service, or who is an applicant for employment, who disagrees with the determination of the President, may submit a written appeal, within twenty days of the receipt of the final letter of determination from the President, to the Merit System Board, PO Box 312, Trenton, NJ 08625. The appeal shall be in writing and include all materials presented by the complainant at the State agency level, the final letter of determination, the reason for the appeal and the specific relief requested. Please be advised that there is a $20 fee for appeals. Please include a chec or money order along with the appeal, payable to NJCSC. Persons receiving public assistance and those qualifiying for NJCSC Veterans Preference are exempt from this fee, to the Civil Service Commission P.O. Box 312, Trenton, NJ 08625
a. Employees filing appeals which raise issues for which there is another specific appeal procedure must utilize those procedures. The Commissioner may require any appeal, which raises issues of alleged discrimination and other issues, such as examination appeals, to be processed using the procedures set forth in this section or a combination or procedures as the Commissioner deems appropriate. See N.J.A.C. 4A:2-1.7.
b. The Merit System Board shall decide the appeal on a review of the written record or such other proceeding as it deems appropriate. See N.J.A.C. 4A:2-1.1(d).
appellant shall have the burden of proof in all discrimination appeals
brought before the Merit System Board.
14. In a case where a violation has been substantiated, and no disciplinary action recommended, the party (ies) against whom the complaint was filed may appeal the determination to the Merit System Board at the address indicated in Paragraph 13 above, within 20 days of receipt of the final letter of determination by the President.
a. The burden of proof shall be on the appellant.
b. The appeal shall be in writing and include the final letter of determination, the reason for the appeal, and the specific relief requested.
c. If disciplinary action has been recommended in the final letter of determination, the party(ies) charged may appeal using the procedures set forth in N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2 and 3.
15. The Director
of the Division of EEO/AA shall be placed on notice of, and given
the opportunity to submit comment on, appeals filed with the Merit
System Board of decisions on discrimination complaints, regardless
of whether or not the complaint was initially filed directly with
the Director of EEO/AA.
16. Any employee or applicant for employment can file a complaint directly with external agencies that investigate discrimination/harassment charges in addition to utilizing this internal procedure. The time frames for filing complaints with external agencies indicated below are provided for informational purposes only. An individual should contact the specific agency to obtained exact time frames for filing a complaint. The deadlines run from the date of the last incident of alleged discrimination/harassment, not from the date that the final letter of determination is issued by the President..
Complaints may be filed with the following external agencies:
on Civil Rights
N.J. Department of Law & Public Safety
(Within 180 days for violation of the discriminatory act)
140 East Front Street
6th Floor, P.O. Box 090
Trenton, NJ 08625-0090
Tel: (609) 292-4605
31 Clinton Street
P.O. Box 46001
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel: (973) 648-2700
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tel: (609) 441-3100
Camden Regional Office
One Port Center
2 Riverside Drive, Suite 402
Camden, NJ 08103
Tel: (856) 614-2550
100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 800
Paterson, NJ 07505
Tel: (973) 977-4500
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
(Within 300 days of the discriminatory act)
National Call Center-1-800-669-4000
One Newark Center, 21st Floor
Raymond Blvd at McCarter Highway (Rt. 21)
Newark, New Jersey 07102-5233
801 Market Street, Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3127
Office has jurisdiction over the State of New Jersey Counties of
Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex,
Union and Warren.
District Office has jurisdiction over the State of New Jersey, Counties
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem.
Revised: June 3, 2005
Revised: August 20, 2007
Revised: March 24, 2010
Revised: February 8, 2011
Revised: November 15, 2011
See N.J.A.C. 4A:7-3.2