California Civil Rights Attorney

Citizens of the United States have civil protections at the federal, state, and constitutional level. Lawmakers work hard to make sure that these civil rights are not violated. 

In the event that you or a loved one have had your civil rights taken advantage of, give our experienced attorneys a call to discuss your case. There are several different types of civil rights that are established by the United States Constitution, California and Nevada state laws, and local laws, that protect citizens from having their rights violated by government officials or by other individuals.

Whether you are a United States citizen or an immigrant in the United States, our civil rights lawyers are available to represent you and make sure Justice is upheld.

Our California and Nevada civil rights lawyers can help you assert your rights and file a claim against the other party. We offer a free no risk consultation, where we could review your civil rights claim, and determine the amount of damages you could recover.

What are Civil Rights?

Civil rights are laws that protect individuals from discrimination, fraud, or abuse. Civil rights could have specific provisions depending on factors such as age, sex, ethnicity, or nationality. Civil rights should not be mixed up with civil liberties. Civil liberties refer to freedoms such as freedom of speech. Civil rights refer to the way in which others treat you. For example, if a private entity is discriminating against you, that falls under civil rights rather than civil liberties.

1964 Civil Rights Act 

The most important act associated with civil rights is the 1964 Civil Rights Act1964 Civil Rights Act is the most important civil rights act. The Civil Rights Act protected Americans from discrimination because of their race, religion, nationality, age, or sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act also protects disabled people from being discriminated against at work or when applying tofor housing.

What are my civil rights?

 Generally, those living in the United States have civil rights when it relates to:

  •  freedom of speech
  •  freedom of assembly
  •  right to privacy
  •  freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures
  •  freedom from involuntary servitude
  • right to vote 

Above or just some of the most common basic civil rights that our United States Constitution has granted to us. 

Police Brutality and Misconduct

Another common type of civil rights is freedom from brutality and misconduct, whether it is from police officers or other government officials.  This has become a very important freedom with the rise in popularity of several videos that had caught police officers using excessive force.

Civil Rights Laws in California

It is important to note that other than federal civil rights, there are also several states that grant special civil rights. For example, California has rights that spell out gender orientation and provide protection from discrimination. It is important to hire an experienced civil rights attorney to pursue your claims for you. Civil rights could get a little complicated, especially when trying to figure out who the claim should be brought against. Our California civil rights attorneys will help you determine who the defendant could be, and what kind of damages you could potentially collect.

What are Some Examples of Civil Rights Discrimination?

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing civil rights. Below are some common examples of civil rights discrimination:

  • When the landlord rejects to rent out their home to someone due to their race
  • What an employer refuses to hire someone because of their religion
  • Physical harassment or verbal harassment due to gender
  • Vandalizing property because of someone’s race

Civil Rights Statutes and Acts

The most important set of laws that have built the foundation for our freedoms and civil rights are:

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Employment Act Discrimination
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

Who Can File a Civil Rights Lawsuit?

The common misconception is that the plaintiffs could just be individuals, but this is not the case. 

Besides individuals that have had their civil rights violated, other parties that can also file a lawsuit are:

  • Legal guardians:  this is usually the circumstance when the individual did not have the mental capacity or meet the age requirement for filing a lawsuit. Those with disabilities or children could have their lawsuit filed on behalf of their legal guardian.
  • Non-profit organizations: non-profit organizations have a right to file a lawsuit on an individual’s behalf to make sure that they promote civil rights and hold parties accountable for their actions.

What Are the Damages I Could Receive for My Civil Rights Claim?

Each civil rights lawsuit differs from one another. Some may have severe injuries whereas other civil rights lawsuits may not allow monetary compensation. Civil Right lawsuits usually allow monetary damages for compensatory damages such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Emotional suffering
  • Property damage
  • Past lost income
  • Future lost income

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are oftentimes awarded for civil rights violations. Punitive damages hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. The Court awards punitive damages against the civil rights violator. The amount of damages differs depending on the jurisdiction. But, courts usually award this to prevent any other future circumstances similar to the lawsuit. 

Injunctive Relief

Injunctive relief is also a very common Court judgment following a civil rights lawsuit. Injunctive relief is meant to hold the party accountable for their actions and orders the party to stop certain actions against the victim.

Our highly rated attorneys have represented client cases involving:

  • Excessive physical force from police officers
  • Excessive use of force from false arrest or imprisonment
  • Harassment from any party due to disability, sex, age, national origin, color
  • Workplace discrimination based on disability, sex, age, national origin, color
  • Workplace safety and retaliation
  • Being deprived of procedural due process (such as being fired from a government job or terminating a professional license)
  • Prisoner (inmate) rights
  • Unusually cruel punishment from the judicial system such as malicious prosecution
  • Exploitation or bribery by a public official
  • Violations of your personal and medical privacy (especially HIPAA violations during the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • False imprisonment
  • Infringement on the 1st, 4th, or 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution

Civil Rights Attorney Near Me

If you are the victim of civil rights discrimination, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We understand that it could be a traumatic experience, however, it is important to note that we are here on your side and will be able to handle your civil rights litigation claim. There are not that many law firms out there that handle civil rights litigation. We have offices located in every major city in California and Nevada, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

We work to help citizens stand up and protect their rights. We fight for others that are unable to fight for themselves. We have extensive experience representing police misconduct, employment discrimination, racial discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, civil rights abuses, etc. Our attorneys believe that people should be able to stand up and fight for their rights. They should have the ability to file a claim against another party to demand accountability in the situation.

We have fought against the civil rights violations of California citizens for years. If you or a loved one were injured because of a civil rights violation, give an experienced team of attorneys the chance to defend your rights.

Our Experienced Civil Rights Attorneys Are Just a Call Away

Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay any of our attorneys upfront until your case has been settled, or you have won a judgment. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-risk obligation to discuss your possible civil rights claim.