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Middlesex Vicinage Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program

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 Middlesex 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. Both the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan and Vicinage Implementation Plan can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the sites below.

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Middlesex Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee

Role of the Committee

The Middlesex Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee is a working group representing a cross-section of vicinage employees. The Committee is chaired by the Hon. Melvin Gelade, JSC, and is staffed by Vicinage EEO/AA Officer, Lawrence Bethea. All members of the Advisory Committee are appointed by Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis.


Hon. Melvin Gelade, JSC, Chair
Lawrence W. Y. Bethea, EEO/AA Officer, Staff
Lou Ayash, Administrative Specialist 2
Lamont Bowling, Court Services Supervisor 2                                                
Ray Cruz, IT Analyst 2
Dawn Brevard-Waters, TCA
Laverne Harvey, Court Services Supervisor 2
Alona Jackson, Coordinator Volunteer Programs
Hector Marcano, VACPO
Ashok Sangisetty, Judiciary Clerk 4
MaryAnn Vazquez, Investigator-Bilingual
Veda Williams, Administrative Specialist 3

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.
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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.
The Judiciary discrimination complaint policies and procedures are outlined in the brochure Employee Guide to Reporting and Handling Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment in the Judiciary. Copies of this booklet may be obtained from the Human Resources Division at 90 Paterson Street or in the EEO/AA Office located at 56 Paterson Street (main courthouse), 1st Fl. Tower Hallway.
If you believe you are being subjected to discriminatory treatment and want to file a complaint, you may print the complaint form listed below, complete it, and forward (or bring) it to the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer, Lawrence Bethea, 56 Paterson Street (main courthouse),1st Fl. Tower Hallway. 

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Vicinage EEO/AA Officer:           

Lawrence W.Y. Bethea
Middlesex County Courthouse
56 Paterson St., P.O. Box 964
New Brunswick, NJ  08903-0964
email: lawrence.bethea@njcourts.gov

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