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Union County Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Program

Message from Honorable Karen M. Cassidy, Assignment Judge

The Union Vicinage has prepared the Vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan as required by the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan, which was approved by the New Jersey Supreme Court in May 2000. The Implementation Plan is tailored to meet the local needs of the Union Vicinage. It is a results-oriented document designed to ensure fairness, promote equality of opportunity for all employees, court users, volunteers, attorneys, litigants, witnesses or others who come into contact with the court system. It also fosters diversity in the workforce. The Union Vicinage is committed to these principles.

David Beverly is the EEO/AA Officer for the Union Vicinage. Mr. Beverly reports directly to Elizabeth Domingo, Trial Court Administrator, and to the Assignment Judge through the Trial Court Administrator on all EEO/AA matters. Mr. Beverly has my complete and unqualified support as well as the support of top management.

I have also appointed an EEO/AA Advisory Committee for the Union Vicinage. This Committee is charged with providing me guidance and advice on EEO/AA issues. Employees should feel free to approach the EEO/AA Officer and/or a member of the EEO/AA Advisory Committee with any questions or concerns they may have about the Vicinage EEO/AA program. The names and telephone numbers of those persons appear in the appendix to this document.

It is my expectation that all judges, managers, supervisors, and employees in the Union Vicinage will vigorously and enthusiastically comply with the requirements of the Vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan and help promote a professional work environment.

I have asked that all managers and supervisors be familiar with the requirements of the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan and the Vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan because all will be held accountable for their implementation.

We must incorporate a dynamic EEO/AA initiative into our work environment to maintain the highest level of workplace professionalism and provide exemplary customer service. We are committed to maintaining a professional work environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, as well as racial, ethnic, sexual jokes or remarks, none of which will be tolerated in the vicinage workplace.

I thank all Union Vicinage judges, managers, and employees for their anticipated cooperation and assistance in promoting a professional work environment.

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 this EEO/AA Master Plan that applies to employees, applicants for employment, volunteers, attorneys, litigants, witnesses, jurors, and other members of the public who may come into contact with the court system.

The New Jersey Judiciary prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion and terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, disability or perceived disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, or other non-job-related criterion.

Likewise, the Union Vicinage has prepared the Vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan as required by the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan, which was approved by the New Jersey Supreme Court in May 2000. The Implementation Plan is tailored to meet the local needs of the Union Vicinage. The Judiciary's Master Plan and the Vicinage Implementation Plan can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the links below.

Role of the Committee

The EEO/AA Advisory Committee is a working group representing a cross-section of vicinage employees and community members. The Assignment Judge appoints all members of the Advisory Committee. The Committee is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Review the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan, the Vicinage Implementation Plan and the vicinage workforce analyses and recommend improvements as needed.
  • Serve as a forum for employees to raise questions concerning the EEO/AA program generally.
  • Meet at least quarterly with the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer to provide guidance and advice on various aspects of the Vicinage EEO/AA Program.
  • Assist the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer as necessary in gathering information and developing specific programs to meet the Judiciary's objective of non-discrimination.
  • Develop a plan of active community outreach with the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer utilizing the relevant sections of the Judiciary Master Plan and the Recruitment Plan for Bilingual and Minority Applicants developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)

If you would like more information about the Committee or any of its programs or want information about joining the Committee, you can send an e-mail to any member of the Committee, the Chair or Staff person.

UNION VICINAGE
EEO/AA ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David Beverly – Co-Chair
EEO/AA Officer
Trial Court Administrator’s Office

Linda Wiggins, Ombudsman
Trial Court Administrator’s Office

Delsy Gulino, AS4
Municipal Division
Andrea Spears
CSS 1
Civil Division
Miguel Socarras
Court Interpreter 2
General Operations
Daljit Singh
Judiciary Clerk 4
Finance Division
Bill Lee
Administrative Supervisor 2
General Operations
Nancy Spano Yurek
Judiciary Coordinator 2
Family Division


Vicinage Discrimination Complaint Procedures and Forms

The New Jersey Judiciary has in place procedures for filing discrimination or sexual harassment complaints against judges, non-judge Judiciary employees, attorneys, litigants, witnesses, jurors, and others who come into contact with the court system. Employees, applicants, clients, and users of the courts who have questions, problems, or complaints regarding EEO, disability, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, racial/ethnic bias, hostile work environment or other categories covered by the anti-discrimination policies may communicate their concerns to the judge, senior manager or supervisor in charge of the court unit, program or service.

The complainant may also contact David Beverly, Union Vicinage EEO/AA Officer, Union County Court House, 2 Broad Street, New Annex, 1st Floor, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07207, (908) 659-4646.  The Complainant may also pursue his or her complaint in accordance with the New Jersey complaint procedures. The Administrative Central Regional Investigator is Linda Repici, Monmouth County Courthouse, 71 Monument Park, Room 217, Freehold, NJ 07728-1153, (732) 677-4781, linda.repici@judiciary.state.nj.us. The complainant also has the right to use the external procedures available under state law (Division of Civil Rights) and federal law (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

Complaints will be forwarded to the Administrative Office of the Courts, where it will be determined if the matter should be handled locally or assigned to a Regional EEO/AA Investigator. The Assignment Judge or the Trial Court Administrator will render a disposition of the matter.

Judiciary Policy on Prohibition Against Retaliation

Retaliation in any form by anyone who serves in the Judicial Branch against any person who complains about discrimination, files a discrimination complaint or who assists in the investigation of such complaints is prohibited. A charge of retaliation may be raised at any step of the complaint procedures or may form the basis of a new complaint. Retaliation may result in legal liability even though the original discrimination complaint was unfounded and dismissed. Appropriate actions, up to and including discharge, will be taken against individuals who are found to have retaliated against a complainant or against any individual who assists in the investigation of a complaint.

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