Civil rights are personal rights guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and federal laws enacted by Congress, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Civil rights include protection from unlawful discrimination.
A civil rights violation is any offense that occurs as a result or threat of force against a victim by the offender based on race, color, national origin, disability status, sex, religion, familial status or loss of other constitutional rights. Unlawful discrimination, harassment or abuse can occur in a variety of settings like housing, the workplace, school, place of voting, business, public spaces and more.
For people who have had their civil rights violated by employers and other authorities, federal laws and New York state laws provide protection and legal remedies. It is important to consult with an experienced law firm to understand your rights and to file a claim against those who violated them.