Rifkin Law Office focuses on representing clients in the following types of civil rights cases: (please click on each type of case for a description). Rifkin Law Office represents clients in state and federal court, at the trial and appellate levels, and also provides legal advice and counsel.
RLO advocates for people who have been discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or any other identity-based category. These types of cases can arise in various contexts, including access to public accommodations and services, education, and employment.
RLO handles civil matters for people incarcerated or formerly incarcerated in jail or prison. These include issues such as medical and mental health care, wrongful death, unreasonable or excessive use of force, religious discrimination or expression, and compassionate release.
RLO represents individuals and classes in civil matters concerning actions by law enforcement officers that violate the Constitution and civil rights laws. These include issues such as unnecessary or excessive use of force, discrimination, violation of citizens’ rights to express themselves to law enforcement officers or to record conduct of law enforcement officers, and unjustified searches, seizures, or detentions.
RLO also represents juveniles in civil matters concerning the juvenile justice process. These include issues of school referrals for arrest or detention, police misconduct, failure to provide legal representation or due process in juvenile court, and conditions of confinement in detention facilities, including failure to provide appropriate services or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.
RLO represents individual clients and classes of employees in employment matters. These types of claims may include wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or creation of a hostile work environment on the basis of race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, ethnicity, or other protected statuses. RLO also provides legal advice and counsel to clients negotiating employment agreements and severances.
RLO advocates for clients whose First Amendment rights have been violated by government actors or agencies, including educational institutions. These types of claims may include issues related to freedom of expression such as denials of permits for marches or gatherings, censorship of written or artistic materials or clothing, or restrictions on the ability to protest or express political opinions. First Amendment claims may also include issues related to the free exercise of religion such as the ability to wear religious clothing or garments, the denial of appropriate religious material or diet to incarcerated persons, or discrimination against groups on the basis of religion or perceived religion.