A civil rights lawyer at Eisbrouch Marsh is your best ally if you have been unfairly treated by others due to age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or another personal attribute. Our reputation for client satisfaction and cases won is well-known throughout the state of New Jersey, as well as New York.
After a complimentary analysis of your case, we will discuss how we can best go about proving the facts in your complaint and securing compensation for your unjust suffering so you can move on. Equality is an American right given to us by the U.S. Constitution. But even though we live in a comparatively “free” and “just” country, judges from federal, district and state courts preside over thousands of civil rights lawsuits each year.
If you were treated unfairly, call Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC at 201-342-5545 to begin building your claim.
What Is Considered a Civil Rights Violation in New Jersey?
Civil rights violations generally include some type of unfair discrimination based upon another person’s:
- National origin
- Marital status / domestic partnership / civil union
- Military service
- Disability / illness
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Political affiliation
- Immigration status
New Jersey civil rights lawsuits may derive from:
- Business transactions
- Employment discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Voter suppression
- Police brutality
- False arrest
- Abuse and extortion
- Cyber bullying
- Racial profiling
- Hate crimes
- Human trafficking
- Destruction of property
- Infringement on freedom of speech
- Denial of higher education
- Denial of housing
- Denial of welfare
These cases are much more commonplace than you may think. This year, at least 9,786 civil rights lawsuits have been formally reported in New Jersey, according to New Jersey District Court filings. These violations cover everything from employment, disability and voting abuses, to police brutality, false arrest, and denial of housing or welfare.
Notable New Jersey Civil Rights Cases
In 2009, Hackensack police Sgt. Thomas Aiellos was at home, nursing a shoulder injury he sustained during the arrest of a Bloods gang member. One day, a supervisor unexpectedly showed up at his home with a ballot and told him to choose his buddy in an upcoming union delegate vote. When Aiellos refused, the supervisor accused him of “lying about his injury” and his physical therapy benefits were cut. “They wanted to get rid of me and not promote me,” said Aiellos, who added that he couldn’t lift his arm enough to hold his gun up.
He launched a massive whistleblower civil rights lawsuit that resulted in citywide reform and a $2 million settlement for the four officers who spoke out about the abuses. From there, it only got worse for Police Chief Ken Zisa. Soon, two dozen other cops filed civil rights lawsuits alleging that they had been “extorted” for money to support Zisa’s candidacy in legislative races, passed over for transfers because they didn’t support Zisa’s politics, and forced to provide free construction and repair work for fear of retaliation. After the civil rights shakedown, Zisa was arrested and the city paid out at least $8 million in legal defense and settlement cash.
Other recent civil rights lawsuits in New Jersey include:
- Police brutality & racial discrimination: A Muslim man who refused to enter a police station until his lawyer was present was allegedly tackled to the ground and beaten by a female police officer and several colleagues. According to the civil rights lawsuit, the officers called Fouad Dakka a “typical Arab” and a “terrorist,” among other insults. The Hackensack police agreed to settle for $50,000 even though they say the man’s story is a fabrication because “it would be less expensive than going to court.”
- Disability discrimination: In August 2013, a legally blind man was asked to remove his dog from a delicatessen, even though the canine was a licensed service animal. While the deli owner made no admission of wrongdoing, he agreed to pay the man $1,500 for failing to train employees on how to deal with service animals.
- Pregnancy discrimination: Ewing, NJ company Trane U.S. Inc. agreed to pay former employee Charnelle Gilliard $55,000 after it was accused of firing her when she took medical leave during the final weeks of her pregnancy, as per her doctor’s advice.
- False arrest: In 2007, a Mount Laurel man was apprehended and arrested without a warrant and was told he wouldn’t be released until he paid a (disputed) $129 auto repair shop bill. Six years later, the courts awarded Richard Greenberg $150,000 to settle his civil rights lawsuit.
- False arrest: North Jersey plaintiff, 39-year-old Bridget Haymon, received a $90,000 settlement from the Middlesex County sheriff’s department after an alleged assault by officer Lawrence Madigan, who resigned after 14 years of service to avoid jail time.
There are many, many more civil rights abuses being committed by people in power, perpetrated against defenseless victims. It may seem like there is nothing you can do when a powerful member of society discriminates against you or violates your civil liberties. The attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh believe that filing a NJ civil rights lawsuit is the only legal way to balance the scales and bring these professional extortionists to justice.
A Civil Rights Violation Lawsuit Offers Recourse Against Unjust Discrimination
A plaintiff who files a civil rights lawsuit may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past, present and future medical bills (in cases of assault and battery)
- Emotional pain, suffering and distress / mental health treatment
- Funerals and survivors’ benefits (in cases where there has been a wrongful death)
- Retroactive salary, overtime pay, benefits, and bonuses (in cases of employer-related violations)
What You Need to File a Claim
The NJ civil rights attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh can guide you through the complexities of the law to make sure you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
To file a civil rights lawsuit, you will need:
- To file your case within 180 days of the alleged violation
- The names and addresses of the people who discriminated against you
- Names and testimonies from possible witnesses
- Documentation to support the timing of your claim
- Documentation to support the damages being sought (wage statements, medical bills, etc.)
- All supplemental information, as requested (For example: there is a specific Employment Discrimination Complaint Pre-Interview Questionnaire you must fill out before your official complaint can be filed in court.)
Our experienced legal team can help you procure the necessary information to build a compelling case. It’s easy to feel ignored by the courts and wonder if your legal claim has been reviewed or paid any attention at all. A civil rights lawyer at Eisbrouch Marsh will be in contact with you every step of the way to let you know how the case is progressing through the legal system.
We will guide you and represent your case through the following steps:
- The filing of the initial complaint with the Division on Civil Rights
- The notification of the defendants that a civil rights lawsuit has been filed
- Mediation talks with the opposing party to see if the situation can be resolved out of court
- Investigation of the event and presentation of findings
- Conciliation talks to remedy the alleged discrimination in conference
- Official hearings and court proceedings to reach a jury verdict, if necessary
Make a Stand with Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC
Eisbrouch Marsh civil rights and employment attorneys have been winning suits for more than 25 years. We represent cases throughout northern New Jersey, including Bergen County, Passaic, Essex County, Hudson, Middlesex, and Morris Counties, as well as all five boroughs of New York City. Police brutality, hate crimes, racial profiling, and employee discrimination are just a few areas of our expertise. We offer all victims of civil rights violations a free case evaluation.
Should we take your case, you only pay for legal services rendered if your complaint results in a settlement or successful jury verdict. Call 201-342-5545 to speak with a New Jersey civil rights lawyer about the unfortunate events that have caused you so much unnecessary grief and suffering. We will do our very best to hold guilty parties accountable and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation afforded by law.
- NJ Office of the Attorney General – Civil Rights http://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/filing.html
- Department of Law & Public Safety – Civil Rights: Know The Law http://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/law.html
- Human Resources Business & Legal Resources – Have Your Employees Been Trained On Allowing Guide Dogs? https://hr.blr.com/HR-news/Staffing-Training/Employee-Manager-Training/Have-your-employees-been-trained-on-allowing-guide/
- NorthJersey.com – Ewing Resident Paid $55,000 B Former Employer In Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Case, http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/08/ewing_resident_paid_55000_by_former_employer_in_pregnancy-related_discrimination_case.html
- The Central Record - New Jersey State Police settle lawsuit with Mount Laurel man for $150K, http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/medford_central_record/new-jersey-state-police-settle-lawsuit-with-mount-laurel-man/article_90bb6dee-43b1-5b50-a2a2-1e80afcbb393.html