Civil rights are those we recognize as essential to a fair and functional society—laws designed to ensure all are treated equally by the government regardless of race, religion, gender, or national origin, and that certain basic rights are assured to all Americans. These rights can be put at risk in various situations where citizens interact with the government¬—offices, schools, jails, and elsewhere—but determining when and how they are violated often requires a complicated legal analysis.
Have your civil rights been violated?
While general rules exist, whether an action violates someone’s civil rights depends on the facts of each case. Claims made against non-governmental entities are generally restricted to those alleging discrimination against based on race, religion, gender, or national origin. On the other hand, both discrimination claims and claims arising under the Bill of Rights—such as free speech or due process violations—can be brought against the government and governmental agencies.
Civil rights are not always intuitive. Some things that seem plainly unfair might not give rise to a civil rights claim. Understanding if and when your civil rights are violated is a process that requires an attorney who understands the law and is committed to understanding your story.
Experienced civil-rights attorneys can help
Our attorneys have substantial experience investigating, filing, and recovering for their clients in a variety of civil rights cases. These include cases involving employment discrimination, excessive use of force by police, violations of first amendment rights, denial of voting rights, denial of medical attention in jails and prisons, and others. Just as importantly, Peter and Dan are committed to the cause of protecting citizens against unlawful governmental or institutional action. That doesn’t always mean we can help, but if there is a way to do so, we will figure it out. If you feel that your civil rights have been violated and need help to restore them or recover damages, contact us today.