There are many excellent education rights attorneys in the State of New Jersey who obtain Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for students. This is often an hourly matter for the family and can involve significant attorneys’ fees because school boards and districts often fight to conserve their resources and to give the minimal IEP they can get away with giving.
Sometimes families can’t afford lawyers and they have to take whatever they can get at the IEP table, but even then the schools don’t always follow the plan they put in place. Sometimes this is simply due to ineptitude or laziness, but sometimes the schools are counting on the fact that the family might not have the resources to hire an hourly education rights attorney to fight them on failure to provide a proper IEP.
Sometimes schools fail to protect students from harassment, intimidation or abuse on the basis of race, sex, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, disability, perceived disability, gender identity, gender expression, religion or creed.
All of these types of discrimination are illegal under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and under the New Jersey State Anti-Bullying Law. To say that the New Jersey school harassment and New Jersey school discrimination attorneys at Costello, Mains & Silverman, LLC, have been at the very point of the spear in protecting students from discrimination in schools would be to understate our leadership in this regard. We are known throughout the state and throughout the region for being out in front of this developing social and legal issue, protecting students from discrimination in all forms in schools.
If a school has already agreed to or has had enforced upon it an IEP and it is not following the plan, don’t worry about being unable to hire an education rights attorney, because we know how to use the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to force the school to obey the “reasonable accommodation” that the IEP represents. If the school is permitting your child to be harassed, bullied or intimidated, even cyber-bullied off school grounds on the basis of his or her race, gender, sex, ethnicity, national origin, disability, perceived disability, sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, we know how to help.
Thankfully, New Jersey is a progressive state, and we have an excellent civil rights law that reaches into the schools. Our attorneys know how to use that law in order to help, and we’ve recovered millions of dollars for families and students who have been discriminated against in schools.