New Jersey Civil Rights Laywers at Shebell & Shebell

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The skilled lawyers at Shebell & Shebell have extensive experience prosecuting civil cases arising under 42 U.S.C. 1983, commonly referred to as Section 1983 claims.  Some common examples of Section 1983 claims include:

  • Claims made by inmates about inhumane and dangerous prison conditions
  • Police misconduct claims
    Police misconduct claims may relate to the use of excessive force, the use of restraints leading to in-custody injury or death, police pursuits, and the use of deadly force, among other actions.
  • Freedom of Speech
    Only certain forms of speech are protected by the First Amendment.  For example, employees who have been fired, disciplined, harassed or subject to any other adverse employment action for speaking about a matter of public concern may have a viable claim.
  • Equal Protection claims
    The Constitution provides for equal protection of the law.  This means that the federal, state and local government cannot discriminate against you on the basis of your race, color or gender.
  • Due Process claims
    In some situations, the government cannot take a person’s life, liberty or property without notice, a hearing and a decision by an impartial judge.  For example, government employees who have been fired, demoted, suspended without pay or subject to discipline, are entitled to certain protections before the government proceeds with any adverse employment action.
  • Freedom of Religion
    Citizens of the United States are guaranteed the right to freedom of religion. Thus, the government is restricted in the extent to which it can prohibit religious expression and practices in the workplace. In the State of New Jersey, employers (both public and private) are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of their religious beliefs.At Shebell & Shebell, we also have a history of obtaining positive outcomes for clients in claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. Such claims can only be brought against employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Title VII also applies to institutes of higher education, employment agencies, and labor organizations.The civil rights laywers at Shebell & Shebell also represent victims of sexual harassment, and have experience bringing claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Shebell & Shebell Is a Plaintiff’s Law Firm That Vindicates the Civil Rights of Victims

At Shebell & Shebell, we believe that victims can deter unlawful discrimination by standing up for their civil rights.  We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.  If you think your constitutional rights may have been violated, speak to an experienced New Jersey civil rights attorney at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.

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Thomas Shebell was an A M A Z I N G attorney for our personal injury case. He made himself available to all our questions and concerns during the whole process. We were very nervous about it all and he set our fears to rest. You instantly believe in him after your first meeting. He was serious yet empathetic, had superb legal knowledge, and great judgement. His staff is also top notch. Words cannot describe how wonderful a lawyer we believe Thomas Shebell to be and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Michele on December 8

My hero, my attorney who is always there for me!

Tom Shebell has represented me and my family members in several cases. Tom is the most prepared lawyer I have ever seen, and demands respect in and outside of the court room. His staff is amazing and never makes you feel as if you are bothering them. I always feel that I am his most important client, and he always takes my call. If he is busy, I am reassured that he will get right back to me and he does. His knowledge of the law and research on your case is impecable, and will never give up until he gets the results that he feels are the best for you. Although he is the most professional attorney I have ever worked with, he refers you call him Tom (not Mr. Shebell), and I am most comfortable calling him Tommy. His cell phone is on his answering service, to comfort you and assuring you that you can reach him if necessary, no matter what. I will never retain another lawyer, unless it is a case that he cannot handle. That has never happened to me. Unfortunately, Tommy is handling a very emotional case for my family, and whenever we discuss it our meet together he is very comforting to us. For a family man, and extremely busy attorney to handle matters like this, it truly takes a special type of person, and extraordiinary human being. If anyone take my advise, Tom Shebell, III is the only attorney that should be called first, and believe me you will not make another call. As I said in my title, he is my true "hero"!
Posted by Sandi on September 17

I am Grateful I was able to have Thomas Shebell for my Lawyer

Thomas Shebell and his staff were very good to work with. They were always professional, but also very down to earth and real. I always felt that my best interest was their main concern. I was always able to call with questions and concerns and was never made to wait or to feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. I always felt that they knew instantly who I was and what was going on with my case. In the end, Thomas was able to get the best possible settlement for me. I am very grateful to have been treated like my case truly mattered to them.
Posted by Toni on March 28

Ferocious Fighter

Tom Shebell and his firm came highly recommended by several reputable people in the community. I come from a family deeply rooted in law enforcement, so I greatly appreciate that Tom grew up with the law as well, hailing from a family of highly respected attorneys. He easily grasped the complexity of my case and eased my concerns, while ferociously fighting for me. One of the moments that stands out to me the most was when I voiced a concern over possible retaliation and he said, "they're going to have come through me first." I wholeheartedly believed him then and now. There is no one else I'd want in my corner than Tom Shebell.
Posted by on February 23

A League Of His Own

Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Thomas F Shebell III. He took on a case, that other attorneys would shy away from and fought vehemently for my husband, myself and our daughter. His tenacity is only surpassed by his kindness and compassion for his clients well-being. I would recommend Mr. Shebell III to anyone who may need an attorney to guide them through a difficult time and see them through to a successful end. Many thanks again to him and his staff!!