Practice Areas

Civil Rights

Civil Rights Violations: New York and New Jersey Attorneys

State and federal laws protect people from discrimination and guarantee fair treatment in a number of settings. These laws, known as civil rights laws, protect people from discrimination in:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Receipt of credit
  • Education
  • Public accommodations
  • Medical affliction
  • Retaliation

Prohibited discrimination

At the New Jersey law firm of Koles, Burke & Bustillo, L.L.P., we represent people who have experienced civil rights violations. Civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • HIV status
  • Immigration status
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Medical and psychological condition

If you believe you have experienced a violation of your civil rights, it is important to seek legal advice.

Examples of civil rights cases

Our lawyers represent people who have experienced discrimination in employment or retaliation by an employer for filing an employment discrimination claim. We have filed suit on behalf of employees who have suffered sexual harassment or who have experienced a hostile work environment. We have acted for individuals denied access to credit because of race discrimination. We have represented police officers in cases charging discrimination and retaliation by their department.

Section 1983 cases

Our lawyers represent plaintiffs in cases arising under Section 1983 of Chapter 42 of the United States Code. Under Section 1983, a defendant who is acting “under color of” state law can be held liable for depriving a person of his or her constitutional rights. We have brought suits under Section 1983 alleging misconduct by police departments for unlawful traffic stops, false arrest, unlawful searches and seizures, and police shootings.

Contact an attorney for more information about violations of civil rights law. We are pleased to advise clients about their constitutional rights and options.

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