WHAT IS A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER?

A Civil Rights Lawyer can bring an action on your behalf for violations of Civil Rights guaranteed under New York City, New York State and Federal Law.  There are several common types of civil rights actions:

Employment Discrimination: – An employer cannot treat you differently because you are a member of a “protected class” and must reasonably accommodate disabilities.  In the United States most workers are “employees at will,” which means that they can be terminated without cause, but they cannot be terminated because of their race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, etc.  They can be fired for talking too much, not dressing well, or having blue eyes.

Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment: You have a right to a work environment free of sexual harassment, racial slurs and other types of abuse.

False Arrest: If you are arrested without probable cause, with charges dismissed or found not guilty, you can sue for compensation.

Inmate Neglect and Abuse: If you are denied medical treatment or are the victim of an assault while in custody, you can bring an action against the detention center or prison.

If you suspect that your civil rights have been violated, it never hurts to call a Bronx Civil Rights Lawyer for a free consultation.

Civil Rights are your guarantees by the Federal, State and Local government to certain human rights.  This includes the right to vote, the right to privacy, freedom of speech and equal protection.  When your Civil Rights are violated, and you suffer a physical or psychological injury as a result, you can sue for compensation.  The first step is to speak to an experienced Bronx civil rights lawyer to discuss your potential case.

Alyce B. Wittenstein, Esq. has been fighting for equality for over 20 years.  She was a teaching assistant for the late great Haywood Burns, founded a human rights delegation to Haiti and studied with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  She will bring her experience, dedication, and energy to your case.  If you are looking for a Bronx Civil Rights Attorney, we can help you.

The rights of citizens have evolved since the founding of our country.  Back then only white men had rights.  The campaign to achieve equal rights for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities has made great progress, but there is more work to do.  Today, civil rights actions are based primarily on violations of the First, Fourth and Eighth Amendments of the United States Constitution.  They are bolstered by Statutes such as  Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, The New York State Civil Rights Law, The New York State Human Rights Law and The New York City Human Rights Law.  A Bronx Civil Rights Attorney can help you assert these rights.

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Find Law.com lists many of these laws, and of course it will take an expert Bronx Civil Rights Attorney to properly address these claims in a lawsuit:

  • Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) Prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the provision of (including access to) air transportation.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Protects persons with disabilities from discrimination in many aspects of life, including employment, education, and access to public accommodations.
  • Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 Requires that buildings and facilities designed, constructed, altered, or leased with certain federal funds after September 1969 must be accessible to and useable by handicapped persons.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1991 (Intentional Employment Discrimination) To amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to strengthen and improve Federal civil rights laws, to provide for damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination, to clarify provisions regarding disparate impact actions, and for other purposes.
  • The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) Prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because an applicant receives income from a public assistance program.
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 Requires that employers pay all employees equally for equal work, regardless of whether the employees are male or female.
  • Fair Housing Act (FHA) Prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.

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About the Author:

Senior Partner Ms. Wittenstein began working at the firm in 1985 as a managing paralegal, learning all the practices and procedures of the firm from Mr. Wittenstein and the staff. From 1995-1998, she attended CUNY Law School where she made a mark as a teaching assistant for Civil Rights leader Haywood Burns. She founded a Human Rights Delegation to Haiti and studied Constitutional Law with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Working at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commision (EEOC), she learned a great deal about Employment Discrimination matters. She brought her knowledge of the Personal Injury practice and her passion for Civil Rights to the firm when she was admitted to the Bar in 1999. In 2000, she became a partner and the firm name was changed to Wittenstein & Wittenstein, Esqs. PC.

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