Civil Rights Litigation

Fisher, Byrialsen & Kreizer partnered together with the central goal of providing social justice to their community. In fact, the "Central Park Jogger" case, as referenced below was the driving force in the formation of the firm. The attorneys at FBK are passionate, determined, experienced and thrive in providing the best representation possible for their clients, especially in civil rights cases.

Civil Rights Litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 includes wrongful arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution, failure to investigate, false imprisonment, and more. FBK has a wide breadth of civil rights clients from those who were wrongfully arrested and jailed for a few nights to those who spent years in jail for crimes they did not commit. FBK attorneys have also represented people shot and beaten maliciously by the NYPD and New Jersey police. The firm’s lawyers actively and aggressively pursue these cases and are not intimidated by the police or the government.

Civil rights protection extends to the area of harassment. This area of the law covers a wide range of offensive behavior. In the legal sense, it is behavior towards a member or members of a legally protected class or group which is found threatening or disturbing.

Sexual harassment refers to persistent and unwanted advances, typically in the workplace, where the consequences of refusing are potentially very disadvantageous to the victim. It can also refer to the victim being subjected to a hostile work environment because of their sex. Often, but not always, the harasser is in a position of power or authority over the victim.

Civil rights protection goes even further to protect individuals from discrimination. Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based solely on their membership in a certain group or category. Discrimination is the actual behavior towards members of another group. It involves excluding or restricting members of one group from opportunities that are available to other groups. Specifically, the law prohibits your employer from firing you, refusing to hire you, demoting you, refusing to promote you, making compensation decisions, or taking other employment actions against you based on the legally protected characteristics listed as follows: Age, Ancestry, Civil Union Status, Color, Disability, Domestic Partnership Status, Gender, Gender Identity, Genetic Traits, Marital Status, Military Service, Nationality, National Origin, Pregnancy, Race, Religion or Sexual Orientation.

Representative Cases
Wise, et al., v. City of New York, et al. , 03 Civ. 0735 (S.D.N.Y.)(DB) – Section 1983 claim for malicious prosecution on behalf of one of the five young men recently exonerated of any responsibility for the rape and attempted murder of the “Central Park Jogger” in 1989.

Larsen v. Sager, et al. , BER-L-2917-07 (S.C.N.J.) – Favorable settlement obtained after beginning trial on behalf of plaintiff for claims of employment discrimination and sexual harassment under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.

Caraballo-Degnan v. City of Jersey City, et al. , U.S.D.C. 2:08-cv-03165 (WJM)(MF). Large settlement obtained for man assaulted by Jersey City Police sustaining fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Fisher, Byrialsen & Kreizer handles most civil cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that the firm does not get paid unless your case is successfully litigated or settled.