||The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) is partnering with the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) to host three (3) public hearings to hear from the public and experts about sexual harassment in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation in New Jersey. DCR and NJCASA seek input regarding the impact and prevalence of sexual harassment in New Jersey in order to develop a better understanding of how we can combat sexual harassment in the workplace, in housing, and in places of public accommodation.
The public hearings will:
- Document why action is needed to combat sexual harassment in New Jersey.
- Provide an opportunity for victims and survivors of sexual harassment to be heard.
- Allow experts from various fields to share insight regarding the scope of the problem and what can be done to address it.
- Inform a final report of recommendations outlining how we can better combat sexual harassment in New Jersey.
DCR will then work with NJCASA and the Rutgers Law School International Human Rights Clinic to use the record to produce a written report, including comprehensive policy recommendations to address the problem of sexual harassment in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation in New Jersey.
Where and When
September 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey
September 24, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Hackensack Performing Arts Center, 102 State Street, Hackensack, New Jersey
Parking: Available across the street from the Center at the Atlantic Street Garage 24 Atlantic St, Hackensack, New Jersey.
September 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Parking: Limited on-site and ample free street parking is available.
How Do I Participate?
- If you would like to attend a public hearing, please click here to register. If you do not wish to identify yourself, you may use your initials or a pseudonym (a fictitious name).
- If you would like to speak at a public hearing, please include that on the registration form. Please note that:
- Oral remarks will be limited to 3-5 minutes per person.
- You must submit a written copy of your remarks one week prior to the hearing you choose to attend to forums@NJCivilRights.gov. Please include the date and location of the hearing you will attend in the subject line of the email.
- We encourage you to RSVP and submit a copy of your remarks as soon as possible. Staff from NJCASA or DCR will contact you to let you know whether there is still space to speak at the hearing you chose to attend.
- Requests for accommodation and interpretation can also be made through the registration link. Please make all such requests at least seven days prior to the hearing.
- If you do not wish to speak at the hearings, but would still like to share your story or your recommendations, you can submit written comments until October 15, 2019 by clicking here. You may submit this written comment without identifying yourself.
- Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates will be on-site to provide support to individuals in attendance who wish to speak to someone. This resource will be provided free of charge.
- Please Be Advised – Members of the press will be invited to attend the event and to report on the proceedings. Media will be instructed to not share any identifying information and/or images to protect the confidentiality of members of the public who choose to offer testimony, absent explicit written permission from the individuals involved.
Click here to register to attend or speak at a public hearing.
If you do not wish to speak at a public hearing, but would still like to share your story and/or recommendations for how to combat sexual harassment, please click here to submit written comments or email your comment to forums@NJCivilRights.gov. You may submit this written comment without identifying yourself.
- The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) enforces the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and acts to “prevent and eliminate discrimination” in the State of New Jersey. The LAD prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in housing, employment, and places of public accommodation (generally, places open to the public, including businesses, restaurants, schools, summer camps, medical providers, and government agencies) on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and other protected characteristics.
- NJCASA is a coalition that joins people together in action for the common cause of ending sexual violence and supporting all those whose lives have been affected by it.
- The content of all written and oral remarks and comments may be subject to disclosure under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act and may be included in the final written report mentioned above.
- Individuals may use their initials or a pseudonym when registering to speak at the hearings, and individuals may submit written comments anonymously.
- If you experienced sexual violence and would like to speak to a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate, please contact the Statewide hotline at 800-601-7200, or you can find contact information for local services here. If you would like to report instances of sexual harassment to the Division on Civil Rights, please visit www.NJCivilRights.gov or call (973) 648-2700.