Civil Rights Violations
The most common legal application of the term civil rights involves the rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens and residents by legislation and by the Constitution. Civil rights protected by the Constitution include Freedom of Speech and freedom from certain types of discrimination.
Not all types of discrimination are unlawful, and most of an individual’s personal choices are protected by the freedoms to choose personal associates; to express himself or herself; and to preserve personal privacy. Civil rights legislation comes into play when the practice of personal preferences and prejudices of an individual, a business entity, or a government interferes with the protected rights of others. The various civil rights laws have made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. Discrimination that interferes with voting rights and equality of opportunity in education, employment, and housing is unlawful.
Types of Criminal Civil Rights Violations
A criminal civil rights violation involves the use or threat of force, and can occur with:
- Hate crimes
- Migrant worker exploitation
- Law enforcement misconduct
- Religious interference or property damage
If you believe you have suffered a civil rights violation, the best place to start is to speak with an experienced Civil Rights Attorney. Important decisions related to your case can be complicated, including which laws apply, whether you must file a claim with the government, and where you should file your lawsuit.
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