Find Lawyers in New York, New York for Civil Rights Law
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“Discrimination” results when an individual’s, group’s, or a business or governmental entity’s preference or prejudice fosters conduct or a practice that obstructs or hinders another’s equal access or exercise of guaranteed civil rights or freedoms. Obviously, not every infringement of another’s civil rights or freedom amounts to illegal discrimination. The civil rights laws make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of one’s membership in a protected class. One may not discriminate or adversely impact another on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin. As a rule of thumb, discrimination against a protected class of citizens that interferes with the exercise of voting rights, the right to assemble, freedom of speech, religion, or association or with equal opportunities to education or housing brings civil rights laws into play.
Despite the best efforts of individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to comply with the civil rights laws, lawsuits or administrative charges occur. Such charges and lawsuits can have significant consequences.
Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan is the founding partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. A formidable litigator with decades of experience in both commercial and civil rights litigation, Robbie has been named one of the “Top 10 Female Litigators” in the country by Benchmark Litigation , “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” by The Financial Times , “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer , and “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law , among ...
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