Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program



Sandra R. Rodriguez
EEO/Affirmative Action Officer

Phone: 609-594-3449
Fax: 609-343-2232


Mailing Address:
Atlantic County Civil
Courts Building
1201 Bacharach Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Vicinage EEO/AA Program

The New Jersey Judiciary is dedicated to the principles and goals of fairness, equality, courtesy, and respect for all individuals. These are the cornerstones of activities and operations in the court system and embody the Judiciary's commitment to equality under law and fairness in the administration of justice. As an employer, the Judiciary is committed to the principles of fairness and equality of opportunity in the workplace as reflected in the Judiciary's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Master Plan.

Likewise, the Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage's EEO/AA program is an initiative which is in continual development. It is based on the vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan and is designed to insure that every aspect of our employment practices is fair and non-discriminatory.

Vicinage Discrimination Complaint Procedures and Forms

The vicinage discrimination complaint policies and procedures apply to all employees, court users and volunteers. The Judiciary's EEO Complaint Procedures Manual outlines the procedures for receiving, investigating and remedying complaints of violations of the Supreme Court's Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Anti-Discrimination.

If you believe you are being subjected to discriminatory treatment and want to file a complaint, you may print the complaint form, complete it, and forward (or bring) it to the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer, Sandra R. Rodriguez, in room 329 E in the Atlantic County Civil Courts Building.

Vicinage I Minority Concerns Advisory Committee

The Vicinage I Advisory Committee advises the Assignment Judge and Trial Court Administrator on how the Judiciary may best assure fairness, impartiality, equal access and full participation. The committee also works to eliminate bias at all levels and in all functions and capacities in dispute resolution, support service, and court administration.

In order to carry out this mission, the Committee, under the immediate direction and coordination of the Committee Chair and the vicinage staff liaison undertakes the following:

  • Advises the Assignment Judge and Trial Court Administrator by identifying specific needs within the vicinage;
  • Develops community education programs that address minority concerns issues;
  • Advises the Court on how the Judiciary, with respect to racial and ethnic minorities, may best assure fairness, impartiality, equal access, full participation and eliminate discrimination at all levels;
  • Proposes program initiatives to the Assignment Judge, and calls to the Assignment Judge's attention other areas of concern and issues which need the Courts attention; and
  • Conducts studies recommended by the Task Force and conducts other research as it and the Assignment Judge deem appropriate.

    If you would like additional information or you would like to be a member of the Minority Concerns Committee, click here for a printable brochure and membership request.

Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee

The Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee is a working group representing a cross-section of vicinage employees.

The Committee is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Act as an advisory body to the Assignment Judge regarding recommendations for the implementation of the Judiciary EEO/AA Program.
  • Review the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan, the Vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan and the vicinage workforce analyses and recommend improvements as needed.
  • Meet regularly with the EEO/AA Officer to provide guidance and advice on various aspects of the program.
  • Assist the vicinage EEO/AA Officer as necessary in gathering information and developing specific programs to meet the Judiciary's objective of a fair and equitable work environment.
  • Act as a communication liaison between management and other employees to convey information regarding the Judiciary EEO/AA program and serve as a forum for employees to raise questions concerning the EEO/AA program generally.
  • Advise the Assignment Judge on steps that should be taken to promote the development and utilization of minorities and women in the Judiciary work force.
  • Identify availability of training and recommended training standards in the areas of EEO/AA, Sexual Harassment and Cultural Diversity.
  • Identify problems and make recommendations which promote harmony in a diverse work place.

The Committee may also conduct periodic surveys of vicinage staff to help in determining causes and origins of barriers to equal employment opportunity.

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