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Employee & Civil Rights Litigation

Civil Rights & Employee Litigation Lawyers in Albany

When you leave your home and step into the office, you do not leave all your rights at the door. Whether you were unlawfully terminated or have been subjected to sexual harassment, you need an experienced attorney to aggressively protect your rights.

At the Albany, New York, law firm of Cooper Erving & Savage LLP, our lawyers have extensive experience with civil rights and employee litigation. You can count on us to make sure that your side of the story is heard.

Have your civil rights been violated? We can help. To schedule an appointment with experienced attorneys Phillip G. SteckKimberly G. Finnigan or Brian W. Matula, call toll free 1-888-352-3751 or send us an e-mail today.

At Cooper Erving & Savage, our experienced lawyers represent employees in a broad range of civil rights and employee litigation cases involving:

  • Sex or race discrimination
  • Age or disability discrimination
  • Unlawful termination
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Pension Matters (ERISA)
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Free speech and due process
  • Retaliation
  • False arrest
  • Police brutality
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Qui Tam or False Claims Act litigation
  • Class Actions

Are You a Public Employee?

If you are a public employee, there are a number of requirements that must be met before an employer can terminate your employment. For instance, if you are a public employee with a property interest in your employment, there must be a hearing before you can be terminated. If you have been terminated from your public position, we can help you determine if due process was followed in your case or if your First Amendment rights were violated.

The law applies to everyone, even police officers.

If you have been the victim of police brutality or had your property illegally seized by law enforcement, we can help you stand up for your rights. To learn more about your civil rights or employment litigation options, contact our firm today to schedule an appointment.

Civil Rights

  • Obtained judgment against City of Albany for taking client's vehicle without due process of law in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Hines v. City of Albany, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68548 (N.D.N.Y 2011). Phillip G. Steck, Kimberly G. Finnigan

  • Jury determination that whistleblower's speech was protected activity under the First Amendment and that her speech was a substantial factor in the termination of her employment. Phillip G. Steck, Kimberly G. Finnigan

  • Cooper Erving & Savage LLP Helps Former Athletic Director to Settle First Amendment Lawsuit Against Averill Park School District for $567,500 (Northern District NY 2006). [ Phillip G. Steck] ( Decision)

  • Obtained judgment against School District for retaliating against employee for her speech on the school budget (Northern District NY 2007). [ Phillip G. Steck] ( Press Release)

  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in favor of employee based on constitutional claim involving deprivation of procedural due process rights (Northern District NY 2008). [ Phillip G. Steck]

  • Obtained favorable jury verdict for violation of prisoner's constitutional rights in federal district court (Northern District NY 2007). [ Brian W. Matula]

Litigation Practice Contact Us

Cooper Erving & Savage LLP
39 North Pearl Street, Fourth Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-618-4082
Toll Free: 888-352-3751
Fax: 518-432-3111
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Clifton Park Office
1520 Crescent Road, Suite 300
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: 518-618-4082
Toll Free: 888-352-3751
Fax: 518-432-3111
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Saratoga Springs Office
63 Putnam Street, Suite 202
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-244-8918
Toll Free: 888-352-3751
Fax: 518-432-3111
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