I was recently asked as an experienced New York Civil Rights Lawyer as to what Section 1983 is, and what is important to know. Section 1983 is a provision in the US code which in New York allows certain claims to be brought against municipal entities and or their state actors, these would be employees of governmental entities like state, counties, a city, village or town and also school districts. 1983 is basically the vehicle through which an employee can bring a claim for violation of their right to free speech under the first amendment in New York. I will advise my clients as a New York Civil Rights Lawyer that it may be the vehicle for a newspaper publisher to bring a claim for violation of the right to free press. it also encompasses things like false arrest, malicious prosecution and the use of force which are covered by the fourth amendment’s in the state constitution and you can also seek claims. For example, under the fourteenth amendment where maybe a competitive civil service employee is entitled to due process before they are terminated.
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