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Understanding more about civil rights violations

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2015 | Employment Litigation |

New Jersey employees could potentially benefit from understanding more about what actions qualify as a violation of civil rights. When there has been a civil rights violation, victims may have several options available for attempting to remedy the situation. In order to resolve an issue, people victimized by a civil rights violation may file a claim with the appropriate government agencies, file a private lawsuit in court or attempt to reach an agreement through informal negotiations.

Once a formal complaint has been filed, state and federal agencies may be compelled to investigate the allegations. The facts of the case often decide whether the case will be handled on the federal or state level. Agencies typically determine the appropriate jurisdiction to preside over the case by evaluating which laws or regulations were allegedly violated. Certain violations require a formal complaint to be filed with the proper authorities before a civil lawsuit can be pursued.

Some of the most widely recognized civil rights violations might involve violations of fair housing codes, sexual harassment or racial discrimination. In order to qualify as such, the conduct must violate a protected right that is identified under anti-discrimination or civil rights laws. This criteria establishes a stark difference between conduct that may be described as lawful discrimination and anything considered to be an unlawful violation of civil rights. With assistance from legal counsel, an employer and employee may be able to reach a severance agreement for resolving allegations outside of court.

Anyone who feels victimized during an employment dispute may benefit from contacting legal counsel. Lawyers may be equipped to investigate the allegations and help determine whether an employer is in violation of state or federal laws. Legal counsel might assist victimized employees with negotiating a settlement outside of court, filing a formal complaint with the authorities or taking a civil case to trial.

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