Prescott Civil Rights Lawyers
Civil rights laws were designed to protect everyone in the United States from discrimination based on race, color, religion, nation of origin, age, sex and marital status.
When these laws are violated and people suffer police brutality or another civil rights violation, victims may be able to seek compensation for damages from the perpetrator.
The experienced team of legal professionals at Phillips Law Group has been protecting the rights of victims for almost three decades. We also have a proven record of recovering compensation for victims – we obtained a $350,000 settlement for the family of someone who was shot and killed by police.
To learn more about your civil rights and whether you may have legal options, contact us today to set up a free case review with a Prescott civil rights lawyer. This review is confidential, and if you have a case and decide to hire our attorneys, there are no upfront fees.
Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000.
What Are Some Examples of Civil Rights Violations?
There are many ways a person’s civil rights may be violated by someone else. Examples of these violations may include:
- Domestic violence
- Verbal and physical assault
- Police brutality
- Racial profiling
- Unlawful arrest
- Employment discrimination
- Housing discrimination
If you think you may have been victimized you may be eligible to pursue compensation.
Call our Prescott civil rights lawyers for a free consultation. 1-800-706-3000
Common Civil Rights Cases
Some of the most common civil rights cases involve civil rights violations by those acting under color of law. Examples of violations by those acting under color of law could include police brutality, racial profiling or employment discrimination.
The concept of acting under the color of law is explained in federal law and it was created to try to keep law enforcement officials, public health officials and other public officials from abusing their power. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, the punishment for a civil rights violation by those acting under color of law can be quite severe, with a range from one year in prison up to a life term, or potentially the death penalty.
Some of the most common civil rights cases involve the following:
Law Enforcement Misconduct
Although law enforcement officials are often immune from liability, they may be held liable for things like unjustified shootings, false arrests, malicious prosecution, illegal searches and racial profiling.
This often involves women being physically abused by their current or former spouse, boyfriend or dating/intimate partner. It is customary for the victim to file a restraining order before filing a domestic violence claim, to ensure he or she is in a safe environment, away from the abuser.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that it is illegal to discriminate against employees and applicants because of their race, color, religion, or national origin. If an employer denies someone a job, creates a hostile work environment or fires someone because of these things, the employer may be held liable for damages.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was created to protect against housing discrimination. This occurs when property owners deny housing opportunities or drive people out of their current living situations, through malicious activity, simply because of their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin. Property owners may be held liable for not giving equal opportunity for housing.
This is sort of like workplace and housing discrimination, however, the difference is the liable party is a government entity.
Although inmates may lose several rights, such as the right to privacy, during their time in prison, they are still protected by some civil rights laws. The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment, including torture and beatings. Correctional officers and prison guards are commonly held accountable in these types of situations.
This is when two property owners have a disagreement concerning their land or real estate property. These disputes usually stem from a disagreement concerning where property lines begin or end. These claims are commonly resolved by the local government.
This occurs when two or more parties have a written agreement, and one or more parties decides to no longer honor the agreement. A damages claim may be filed against the party that initially broke the agreement.
This is when an individual or entity decides to file a claim against another individual or entity for damages. This type of claim will need to be filed with the appropriate state or federal government, depending on the details of the case.
It is difficult to determine if you have a case unless we meet with you to discuss what happened. Our experienced Prescott civil rights attorneys have extensive knowledge of civil rights laws and how to prove when rights were infringed upon.
Any questions? Call Phillips Law Group anytime at 1-800-706-3000.
What Are My Options for Pursuing Compensation?
Depending on your situation, there may be multiple options available for you when filing a civil rights claim, such as:
- Informal negotiations – This is when the two disputing parties meet to discuss the situation before taking legal action. Sometimes a simple conversation may lead to an agreement or resolution to the matter, without having to go through the legal process. For example, if a person plans to file a discrimination lawsuit against his or her employer for not offering a promotion, the two parties may come to a new agreement that satisfies both sides.
- Mediation – This is the next step when informal negotiations fail to result in a solution to the issue. An independent mediator can work with both parties to find a resolution, however, the mediator does not have the authority to make either party agree to the resolution.
- Arbitration – This is like mediation, however, if the arbitrator(s) find a resolution, it is legally binding and enforceable in court. Many people choose arbitration because these cases are often much less expensive and are heard much faster than a regular court case.
- Lawsuit – If all else fails, you have the option to file a lawsuit with the state government. If your case exceeds the state’s limitations, you may have to file with the federal government. This is something your attorney may be able to assist with.
If you feel like your civil rights have been violated, we suggest contacting a Prescott civil rights lawyer immediately.
If you hire our firm to represent you, our legal team is prepared to investigate the situation, gather evidence, interview witnesses, negotiate for compensation and prepare for trial if necessary. Our firm has an “A” plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and we have recovered over $750 million in compensation on behalf of our clients.
Contact a Prescott Civil Rights Attorney Today
If you believe your civil rights were violated by a law enforcement official, corrections officer, employer, public health official or other entity, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered.
If we find you have a viable case, our Prescott civil rights attorneys are prepared to thoroughly investigate and pursue justice and fair compensation. Give us a call so we can discuss your situation. You will be charged no upfront fees or legal costs and you are not obligated to let us handle your case after having a free consultation with us. We only get paid when we recover just and fair compensation on your behalf.