What is a Civil Rights Violation?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.

Civil Rights Violation

The United States Constitution, the New Jersey constitution, as well as various federal laws, provide certain basic and fundamental Civil Rights. These rights include, for example, the right to be free from illegal search and seizures, unlawful arrest, use of excessive force, seizure/deprivation of property without due process of law, equal treatment under the law, practice one’s religious belief without harassment, to speak freely, etc. Civil rights laws ordinarily prohibit government employees (such as employee of a town, city, state, federal government, etc.) from violating the civil rights of an individual. However, certain laws and statutes prohibit discrimination by private individuals as well. That is, a person may sue for violation of his civil rights by another private person or business. For example, 42 U.S.C. 1981 makes it illegal for a private person or a business (such as a real estate agency, contractor, etc) to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, etc. Thus, refusal to do business with another individual because of race/ethnicity is illegal.

Types of Civil Rights Cases we handle:

• Wrongful/False Arrest
• Police Brutality/Excessive Force

• Discrimination by any Government Agency

• Discrimination by any Private Businesses, such as realtors, automobile dealerships, insurance companies, etc.

• Discrimination by School Officials against Student.

• Suspension of Student by School Officials

• Suspension/revocation or any license (drivers, professional, business, etc).

• Section 1983 Action (42 U.S.C. 1983)(discrimination by government employees)

• Section 1981 Action (42 U.S.C. 1981) (discrimination by private individuals and businesses)

Damages/Monetary Recovery

Under various civil rights statutes and laws, a successful claimant (non-employee cases) is entitled to the recovery of compensatory damages, punitive damages, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, and injunctive relief.

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