• Advocates For New Jersey Employees Our legal team includes a Certified Trial Attorney with 20 years of experience in employment and labor law.

  • Employment Discrimination You have the right to be free from hiring bias and workplace discrimination based your protected class.

  • Workplace Harassment You should not have to endure being bullied, humiliated or harassed at work because of who you are.

  • Employer Retaliation You cannot be fired or disciplined for whistleblowing on illegal activity or exercising your employee rights.

  • Protecting Civil Rights We fight discrimination and abuse of power on the job, at school and in the daily life of New Jersey citizens.

News from the Battleground

  • April 11, 2014
    Costello & Mains Supports LGBT "Day of Silence" on April 11, 2014

    The National Day of Silence is a day in which students across the country take some form of vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. "This doesn't mean that students can refuse to answer a teacher's question when called upon," Kevin Costello, founding partner of Costello & Mains, says. "It simply means that one makes a choice to be silent between classes and before and/or after school. This is a very public statement for our youth. It's a choice to no longer tolerate the bullying and harassment that LGBT students suffer everyday at school." News From The Battleground

  • April 4, 2014
    Costello & Mains Partner Kevin Costello Keynote Speaker at New Jersey Anti-Bullying Summit

    Kevin Costello was, along with state senator Linda R. Greenstein, a keynote speaker at an anti-bullying "summit" which took place at Rutgers Law School in Newark, called "Workplace Bullying: Seeking Solutions." "The purpose of the event," Kevin says, "was to raise awareness of workplace bullying in New Jersey and throughout the nation. Kevin's keynote address was in support of New Jersey's "Healthy Workplace Act," a bill proposed by Senator Greenstein, which would make severe workplace bullying that resulted in mental or physical illness an employment-rights violation in New Jersey. "It would be the first of its kind in the nation. This is a bill whose time has come. I was proud to be a part of this, and to support the initiative, the event, and the Healthy Workplace Act." News From The Battleground

  • April, 2014
    New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Attorney Speaks about Pregnancy Discrimination

    Kevin Costello, the founding partner of the Costello & Mains law firm in New Jersey, was quoted in the Courier Post regarding a pregnancy discrimination law suit filed by the firm on behalf of client Crystal Santiago. The suit alleges that Ms. Santiago, while out on sick leave as a result of complications due to her pregnancy, was terminated by her employer because she called out of work too many days.

    "All employers, public and private, must respect the facts of pregnancy, that not all pregnancies are problem-free," says Kevin. "Discrimination against pregnant women, both because of their pregnancy or because of complications, requires reasonable accommodation and must be challenged under the Law Against Discrimination."  News From The Battleground

  • April, 2014
    New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Attorney Speaks With Transgender Client About Police Discrimination Case

    Kevin Costello, the founding partner of Costello & Mains law firm in New Jersey, was interviewed, along with the firm's transgender client, by The Record regarding a police discrimination case filed by the firm for Amira Gray. The suit alleges that Ms. Gray was pulled over while driving through North Bergen and was humiliated by the manner in which she was handled by the police, for example, being called "sir" despite the fact that her license said "female" and despite her appearance as a young woman. News From The Battleground

  • March, 2014
    Costello & Mains Announces Support for Supreme Court Expansion of Whistleblower Protection Under Sarbanes-Oxley in Lawson v. FMR, LLC

    Costello & Mains announced support for the expansion of whistleblower protection under the Federal Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) statute, which protects whistleblowers in the financial sector from retaliation when they report or oppose illegal or fraudulent practices. "It's a good thing," says partner Kevin Costello, who routinely tries whistleblower cases. "Prior to this decision, the definition of who was protected was restricted to employees of publically traded companies. The expansion now covers private companies and contractors that work with them.
    News From The Battleground

  • February 2014
    Costello & Mains Attorney Drake P. Bearden, Jr., named a “2014 New Jersey Rising Star.”

    Drake P. Bearden, Jr., an associate attorney at the New Jersey Employment Rights law firm of Costello & Mains, was named a “2014 New Jersey Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. “We’re very proud of Drake,” founding partner Kevin Costello says. “He cares a great deal about the work we do, about doing it well, and with passion, and while it’s nice for him to be recognized, we already knew he was a rising star when he joined us.” Drake is a founding member and former Vice President of the NAACP Social Justice Law Project and is an active member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, the New Jersey State Bar Association and local County Bar Associations.
    News From The Battleground

  • February 14, 2014
    New Jersey Employment Lawyer Kevin Costello Wins Sexual Harassment Trial in Camden County

    C&M partner Kevin M. Costello, Esq. $150.000.00 verdict in a sexual harassment trial in Camden County on February 7, 2014. "We're very proud of the result," Kevin says, "because this case was hard-fought. At no time did these defendants want to discuss settlement, and they were aggressive in offering witnesses and evidence suggesting the harassment didn't occur." The final verdict was for $50,000.00 in compensatory and $100,000.00 in punitive damages.
    News From The Battleground

  • February 2014
    New Jersey Employment Rights Attorney Discusses Raising the Minimum Wage

    In the November elections, NJ voters voted, with 61% in support, to amend the NJ State Constitution to increase the minimum wage, effective January 1, 2014, from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour. The amendment will also require annual increases to the minimum wage in the event of a cost of living increase. NJ has become just the fifth state in the union to make the minimum wage a matter of constitutional mandate.
    News From The Battleground

  • January 2014
    Costello & Mains Announces Support for S-3064, Which Would Protect Unpaid Interns from Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation.

    Costello & Mains partner Kevin M. Costello, who focuses his practice exclusively on Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights, announced on behalf of Costello & Mains that the firm fully supports Senate Bill 3064, which would extend the protection of New Jersey’s Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Laws to uncompensated volunteers who perform “work” in a “work place.” “I am pleased that Senator Nia Gill, has proposed this Bill,” Kevin says. “The change is necessary in an economy where increasing numbers of particularly vulnerable younger people offer work without compensation in order to gain experience, references and ‘rep’ in the work world. It’s a ‘no-brainer,’ since I don’t believe anyone could reasonably suggest that it’s ‘OK’ to sexually harass a female intern simply because she’s not collecting a paycheck. Her work is no less valuable than those who are compensated and her rights are no less precious.”
    News From The Battleground

  • December 20, 2013
    New Jersey Employment & Civil Rights Attorneys Host, with the New Jersey Association for Justice, a Reception for Law Students and Plaintiff’s Rights Attorneys

    On November 21, 2013, Costello & Mains, P.C., in concert with the New Jersey Association for Justice, hosted and sponsored a reception for attorneys practicing in the area of plaintiff’s and worker’s rights and for students at the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden. “The purpose of this event is to assist Law Students interested in representing individuals in networking with attorneys practicing in the areas of individual rights,” said partner Kevin M. Costello. “It is our pleasure to encourage and assist budding attorneys in making their careers as Plaintiffs practitioners and we hope that this event will be of benefits to the students attending,” said partner Deborah L. Mains.
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  • December 18, 2013
    Partner Kevin Costello Speaks at Rowan University Symposium


    Costello & Mains Partner Kevin Costello was a guest at a Symposium of legal minds, students, faculty and other professionals in the field of Employment and Civil Rights at Rowan University on December 18, 2013. The purpose of this Symposium was to engage in a Socratic dialogue, using examples and vignettes, to discuss the impact of recent revisions to Title IX of the Federal statutes, along with extant Civil Rights Laws under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
    News From The Battleground

  • December 2013
    New Jersey School Harassment and Bullying Lawyer Appears on NBC 10 to Discuss School Harassment and Bullying


    Kevin Costello, founding partner of Costello & Mains in New Jersey, a statewide school bullying and harassment, employment rights and civil rights law firm, was interviewed by Philadelphia’s NBC News 10. The interview concerned recent filings regarding school harassment and bullying, including the case of J.F. v. West Deptford Public Schools. "We’ve seen a steady increase in these types of cases," Kevin says, "and technology isn’t helping. It’s become very easy to passive-aggressively harass someone remotely using social media and applications that allow false video and pictures..."
    News From The Battleground

  • December 10, 2013
    New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Attorney Serves as Chairman for New Jersey Association for Justices Employment CLE Program

    Costello & Mains partner Kevin M. Costello, currently an Officer of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice, served as the Chairman of the Association’s "Meadowlands Seminar," an annual legal CLE event which took place in North Jersey between November 13 and November 14. Kevin was the Chairman for the Employment and Labor Program. "I am always happy to serve as a Chair or as Faculty for a CLE Event," Kevin explains. "This is really, secretly, a way to learn while one teaches. It is always great to share hard – 1 information and wisdom with the next generation of Employment Rights Trial Lawyers."
    News From The Battleground

  • November 25, 2013
    New Jersey and Civil Rights Employment Lawyer Co-Chairs Drive for School Supplies

    Costello & Mains partner Deborah Mains, a co-Chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the New Jersey Association for Justice, co-Chaired on October 8, 2013, the annual "Party on the Patio," an event which raises much needed funds and school supplies for New Jersey children in need. "This is the second year that I have been a Co-Chair of the Party on the Patio and it is deeply gratifying to be able to help provide children in need with essential school supplies," said Ms. Mains.
    News From The Battleground

  • November 19, 2013
    Costello & Mains Partner Kevin Costello Spoke to College Students at Stockton
    State College Concerning Employment Law.

    "As much fun as it is to speak to other trial lawyers and to share our experiences and approaches in legal education programs that I Chair,” Kevin says, “even more fun, secretly, is to speak to High School, College and students outside the law about the meaning of the law. The law is so poorly understood by our society at large, despite the prevalence of the internet and other (sometimes misleading) information. To be able to share information about how the New Jersey and Federal Civil Rights Laws actually operate, with students who are earnest and looking toward a career in business, is a real treat."
    News From The Battleground

  • November 10, 2013
    Turkey Drive Co-Chair Named

    New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Attorney Named Co-Chair of the New Jersey Association for Justices Annual "Turkey Drive," an annual effort to raise funds for various Food Banks and other organizations in New Jersey.

    "I am privileged to have again been asked to Co-Chair this worthy fundraiser," said Ms. Mains. "The tremendous generosity shown by the Plaintiffs attorneys in New Jersey is an inspiration to me." Ms. Mains is a member of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice. 
    News From The Battleground

  • October 25, 2013
    Costello & Mains Partner Kevin Costello Wins CEPA Trial in Ocean County

    On October 10, Kevin and his co-counsel took a CEPA verdict for their client in a tough-fought matter under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, also called New Jersey’s “whistleblower” law. “We’re very pleased,” Kevin says of the verdict. “This was a case in which there was no quarter asked, and none was given. The defense refused to talk settlement and was of the firm belief they’d be able to convince the jury that our client was fired for non-retaliatory reasons. We disagreed, and we prevailed. Our client is pleased to have been vindicated by the jury.”
    News From The Battleground

  • October 22, 2013
    New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Trial Attorney Celebrates Legalization of Gay Marriage in New Jersey

    Costello & Mains partner Kevin M. Costello, who focuses his state wide trial practice in Employment and Civil Rights, announced, on behalf of the Costello & Mains Firm, unconditional support for the recent decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court effectively, and at long last, legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. “Even though Governor Christie unwisely opposed the decision on the grounds that ‘Civil Union Law’ doesn’t deny any benefits, he’s now withdrawn that opposition, ending the long nightmare of gay people in New Jersey who were told that their marriage rights were inferior to those of traditional couples. As a civil rights lawyer and long-outspoken supporter of equal rights under the law, I celebrate and support the Court’s decision.”
    News From The Battleground

  • October, 2013
    New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Attorney Addresses Labor and Employment Law Society at the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.

    On October 9, 2013, Costello & Mains partner Deborah L. Mains spoke to and answered questions by Law Students who have an interest in representing individuals in labor and employment matters. "I was honored to be invited to address the Labor and Employment Law Society at my Alma mater. It was a pleasure to meet the students and encouraging to me to see so many law students committed to preserving individual rights and assisting the victims of the unlawful employment practices." Ms. Mains is a 1995 graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.
    News From The Battleground

  • July, 2013
    Costello & Mains Preserves 2.14 Million Dollar Verdict

    Costello & Mains partners Deborah L. Mains and Kevin M. Costello argued in opposition to a motion for a new trial in the matter of Doculan v. Bayonne Medical Center and won the day, preserving the significant verdict in Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) case obtained in a trial by Kevin in Hudson County in May. "We're very proud of the verdict, of course," says Kevin, "but having had the motion to set the jury's verdict aside properly denied by the Court is gratifying. It demonstrates the respect for the jury's deliberative process and the right of a trial by jury." Deborah adds: "Our client is very happy with the result."
    News From The Battleground

  • July, 2013
    Costello & Mains Files Appeal of the "Borgata Babes" Dismissal

    The firm fought – and for the moment, lost – a motion to dismiss the suit on behalf of a score of "Borgata Babes" cocktail servers who claim discrimination at the hands of the casino emerging from appearance policies. The contention in the case is that requiring a certain type of sexualized appearance for a job which should not fairly require such is a violation of New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination. The casino asked the Court to dismiss the case on the grounds that the policy is not discriminatory, and the Court agreed. "We respectfully believe the decision was wrong," says partner Deborah Mains, who authored the brief and undertook the argument, "and we plan to appeal, because we believe that sexualizing a job is a form of gender discrimination illegal under state law. We will not give up this fight until it's through the process."
    News From The Battleground

  • April, 2013
    Kevin M. Costello Chairs The NJAJ's "Boardwalk Seminar"

    Costello & Mains founding partner, Kevin M. Costello, was a chair of the New Jersey Association for Justice's "Boardwalk Seminar," a continuing legal education event designed to further the litigation and trial skills of New Jersey plaintiff employment rights attorneys. "I've chaired the section for NJAJ and this seminar for about six years now," Kevin says, "and I'm always thrilled to do it. My dirty little secret is that when I teach the law, I learn my craft better, so I'm really also teaching myself." Kevin is also an executive officer of the New Jersey Association for Justice.
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Kevin Costello and Deborah Mains

New Jersey Employment Attorneys

Every employee, every student and every citizen of New Jersey is entitled to powerful protections under state and federal laws. But standing up for your rights is intimidating. Will you be believed? Will there be backlash? Will your life be better?

The New Jersey law practice of Costello & Mains, P.C., is built on giving ordinary people like you a voice in the legal system. We represent people who have endured sexual harassment, job discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, labor law violations, bullying, civil rights abuses and other mistreatment in the workplace, in school or in the public sphere. Our experienced legal team stands with you to assert your rights and to demand action and justice to right the wrongs.

Fighting For Employee Rights And Civil Rights Of The People Of New Jersey For Two Decades

Located in Mount Laurel, the law firm of Costello & Mains advocates for clients in South Jersey and statewide. We can help, no matter what the circumstances:

  • Employment discrimination — Were you treated differently in hiring, pay, advancement, duties or discipline on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, national origin, disability, military service, pregnancy, family status or other unlawful reason?
  • Workplace harassment — Have you been assaulted, bullied, humiliated or otherwise singled out at work because of your sex, race or color, ethnic origin, religion or creed, sexual identity or orientation, health status, military duties or other protected status?
  • Retaliation and whistleblower law — Were you fired or disciplined for reporting or objecting to illegal activity or safety violations? Did you suffer backlash for reporting harassment or discrimination or bringing a workers' comp claim?
  • Employment rights — Does your employer owe you overtime pay? Have you been injured on the job? Were you denied personal or family leave? Do you know your rights?
  • School bullying and harassment — Has your son or daughter been bullied at school or through social media based upon sexual orientation, disability or race? Has your child been sexually harassed by a teacher? Has the school discriminated against your child or failed to accommodate his or her special needs?
  • Civil rights and discrimination — Were you subjected to brutality, profiling or false arrest? Did you experience discrimination in public accommodations or contracts?
  • Personal injury and civil litigation — Were you injured by someone's negligence? Have you suffered physical or economic harm from professional malpractice? Do you need a lawyer for business litigation, a contract dispute or a neighbor dispute?

Certified Trial Attorney · Focused Advocacy In Employment Law,
School Discrimination Law And Civil Rights

Attorney Kevin Costello is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney, a reflection of his courtroom success and of a special examination and vetting process conducted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. With law partner Deborah Mains and a talented and dedicated staff, the law firm of Costello & Mains is not afraid to go to trial against big corporations or government agencies to hold them accountable. We will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.

You do not have to suffer any longer. But what should you do if you have endured harassment, bullying, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge or other abuse of power?

  • Do not quit.
  • Do not strike back.
  • Document everything.
  • Do not sign anything.
  • Talk to our employment rights and civil rights lawyers.

Contact Experienced Burlington County Discrimination Lawyers

Our New Jersey employment lawyers offer a free case evaluation. Please call us today at 856-291-0642 (local) or 800-421-0212 (toll-free) or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation.

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