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Civil Rights Violations

Civil rights are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment and be free from discrimination in many settings, including employment, education, housing, and more. Today, the term “civil rights” is used to describe equality for all people regardless of age, sex, race, disability, national origin, religion, or other characteristics.

Have Your Civil Rights Been Violated?

EXAMPLES OF CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INCLUDE:​

  • Hate crime.
  • “Color of law” abuses by public officials (such as police brutality.
  • Human trafficking and involuntary servitude.
  • Employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation.
  • Racial discrimination.
  • Housing discrimination (Department of Housing and Urban Development).
  • Welfare (denial of benefit income, rehabilitation, or other services).
  • Voting rights (redistricting, failure to provide voting information, etc.).
  • Lack of disability access in medical facilities.
  • Special education discrimination for children with disabilities.
  • Prisoner and inmate claims against federal officials.

BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT: DO I NEED TO FILE A GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN

For certain civil rights cases there are statutory requirements.  Specifically, you are required to get a right to sue or permission to bring a lawsuit before even filing the lawsuit.  Because there is are potential required measures that must be taken before even filing a lawsuit it is important that you contact an experienced civil rights law firm as soon as possible following any suspected violation.  Contacting an attorney early allows the preservation of evidence and adequate investigation into the claims.

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Notable Civil Rights Statutes and the Agencies that Enforce Them (Courtesy of Find Law)

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) – Prohibits employers from discriminating against workers and applicants who are 40 years of age and older, based on their age.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Protects persons with disabilities from discrimination in many aspects of life, including employment, education, and access to public accommodations.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1991 – (Intentional Employment Discrimination) To amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to strengthen and improve Federal civil rights laws, to provide for damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination, to clarify provisions regarding disparate impact actions, and for other purposes.
  • Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act – Protecting persons in institutions (including residents in government-run nursing homes, and prisoners) from unconstitutional conditions.
  • Fair Housing Act (FHA) – Prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – Gives employees the right to take time off from work in order to care for a newborn (or recently adopted) child, or to look after an ill family member.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Ensuring that the rights of students with disabilities are protected, and that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act – Prohibits employment discrimination against female workers who are (or intend to become) pregnant — including discrimination in hiring, failure to promote, and wrongful termination.
  • U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 21 — Civil Rights Title 42, Chapter 21 of the U.S. Code prohibits discrimination against persons based on age, disability, gender, race, national origin, and religion (among other things) in a number of settings — including education, employment, access to businesses and buildings, federal services, and more. Chapter 21 is where a number of federal acts related to civil rights have been codified — including the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.
  • The U.S. Constitution | Articles | Amendments – The U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1789, outlines the role and operation of government in the United States. Includes links to all articles and amendments, with annotations.

Civil Rights Statutes and the Agencies that Enforce Them (Courtesy of Find Law)

Unfortunately, Lamar Law Office, LLC cannot assist every person who contacts us with civil rights violations.  Sadly because of the nature of these cases our firm must be highly selective in making those decision.  However, there are many organizations that may offer assistance.  Here is a short (and not all inclusive) list of some notable civil rights organizations:

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLT)
  • The Advocates for Human Rights