Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination
Civil rights actions generally involve the prosecution of rights conveyed by the United States Constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or minority group.
Commonly civil rights violations involve false or unlawful imprisonment, excessive force by authorities, unlawful searches, false confessions, planted evidence and other unlawful police action. Individuals who have been discriminated against in the work place have the right to hold a person, their employer or both liable in a court of law. In a civil rights lawsuit, a wronged person may have his job reinstated, be awarded money or be granted other equitable remedies as a result of the violation of his rights. In some cases, violated individuals may also be able to seek punitive damages, an award of money designed to punish the civil rights violator for willfully or egregiously violating the law.
In the last ten years, Maker Fragale & Di Costanzo have handled over 250 cases involving employment discrimination including:
- Sexual harassment
- Hostile work environment
- Disability discrimination
- Ethnic and race discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Discrimination based on sexual orientation
- Family and Medical Leave Act violations
We have also settled hundreds of charges of discrimination pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or New York State Division of Human Rights. If you believe your civil rights have been violated, please contact us at (914) 925-1010 for a free consultation.