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Filing a Complaint of Discrimination

Figuring out how, where, and when to bring an action against your employer for discriminatory practices can be daunting for many people. Complaints can be filed on the state or federal level depending on the circumstances. And on the state level a complaint under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) may be brought to the Division of Civil rights or may be filed as an action in Superior Court.

Whichever forum you choose, each of these venues has different rules and regulations, forms, procedures, and deadlines for filing. A skilled employment law attorney can analyze the facts of your case and make a reasoned determination of the best place to bring your action.

If you bring your action under LAD with the Division of Civil Rights you will need the following:

  • Names and addresses of witnesses to the discrimination
  • Names and addresses of those who discriminated against you
  • Documentation to support your claim
  • The Employment Discrimination Complaint Pre-Interview Questionnaire if your complaint involves employment discrimination.

If you are filing with the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, your complaint of discrimination must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. In contrast to this statutory time deadline, you would have two years from the alleged violation to file your action in New Jersey Superior Court.

Knowledgeable New Jersey employment lawyers can answer your questions about discrimination in the work place — and help you combat it.

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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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