Civil Rights Injury
Racial discrimination can be found in every corner of society. It most common occurs in the form of treating someone differently or harshly because of a person’s ethnicity. This most commonly occurs in the workplace and in housing. It is still possible to find businesses with illegal employment and hiring practices. Even practices that apply to everyone can be illegal if the practices negatively impact the employment of a particular racial group of people.
The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in the renting of housing based on race. Racial discrimination cases are often filed in federal district court via a civil lawsuit. There are many other instances of racial discrimination beyond the workplace and the housing markets. Please contact an experienced racial discrimination attorney if you have questions.
Most sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator violates the trust of the victim. The effects can be far-reaching and long-term. Victims of molestation are permitted by law to recover monetary compensation for the pain, suffering, and injury incurred. These crimes occur on a daily basis. Ensure you have an attorney with the experience, confidentiality, and compassion to handle your case professionally.
Sexual harassment continues to be common in the workplace. While most cases involve a male harassing a female, it is possible for men to be victims, too. The perpetrator and the victim can be of the same sex. Males file approximately 16% of the sexual complaints.
Sexual harassment is often, but not limited to, harassment of a sexual nature. For instance, disparaging remarks made about women in general can be a form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can be subtle. Contact a knowledgeable attorney in this field for expert guidance.
Religious discrimination is most commonly experienced in the workplace. Either an existing employee or job applicant receives unfavorable treatment of consideration due to his or her religious beliefs. Protection under the law includes not only those of mainstream religions, but extends to also include any sincerely held moral, ethical, or religions beliefs.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to segregate in the workplace based on religion. Religious participation also cannot be required or forbidden as a condition of employment. Employers are required to accommodate for religious holidays either through scheduling changes or leave. Clothing and grooming requirements must also be accommodated. The employee is required to inform the employer that the requested accommodations are for religious purposes.
Examples of police misconduct and police brutality can be found in the media with frightening regularity. While the police are provided a broad range of powers to execute their duties, there are limits. These limits seem to be surpassed with more frequency every year. These limits are set by both the Constitution and the applicable state laws. When these limits are crossed, a civil rights violation has occurred, and the victim is entitled to both punitive and compensatory damages.
False imprisonment occurs when a police officer confines or restricts the movement of an individual without reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. False arrest is exactly that, arresting an individual without probable cause. The city/town/state and the police force can both be held liable and order to provide financial damages.
Excessive force covers a wide range of situations. For example, the use of more physical coercion than the situation calls for is excessive force. It can also include excessive threats made by the police, including the drawing of a weapon for an inappropriate reason.
Police are permitted to wield a considerable amount of force, even deadly force, but only when that level of force is justified. Many states do not permit the police to use deadly force to stop a fleeing suspect. Deadly force is only permissible under very specific circumstances. These circumstances can be open to many interpretations in the courtroom. If you or a loved one are the victim of excessive or deadly force, contact an experienced excessive force attorney.