COVID-19 affects individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, national origin, religion, disability or other protected characteristics. The Division on Civil Rights (DCR), which protects individuals against discrimination under the Law Against Discrimination has released guidance on bias and COVID-19. These protections apply in employment, housing, and public accommodations like hospitals and businesses.
The Division on Civil Rights protects individuals on the basis of national origin and disability. If you do not speak English or are deaf and hard of hearing and require a qualified interpreter, the medical facility must provide one for you.
You can read the full guidance with a list of frequently asked questions here: www.nj.gov/oag/covid-19/index.html.
How to file a complaint
To minimize risk from COVID-19, DCR has temporarily suspended in-person intake interviews and is conducting such interviews by phone. If you would like to speak to a housing investigator, call DCR’s Statewide Housing Hotline at 1-866-405-3050.
For all other types of complaints, call a DCR regional office:
Cherry Hill: 856-486-4080
Atlantic City: 609-441-3100
If you are the victim of a bias or hate crime
The DCR guidance recognizes that individuals of East Asian heritage may become targets of not only discrimination, but bias and hate crimes.
If you’ve witnessed or experienced a bias/hate crime, you should report that incident to law enforcement immediately by calling 911 or your local law enforcement agency. You also may report a bias incident to the NJ Attorney General’s Office online www.nj.gov/oag/bias/report-bias.html, via email to NJBIAS@NJDCJ.org, or by calling the Bias Hotline at 800-277-BIAS (2427).