Tempe Civil Rights Lawyers
In the U.S., civil rights laws have been enacted to protect people from discrimination, including discrimination based on race, religion, marital status, sex or other factors.
If you or someone you know has had their civil rights violated, you may be able to file a damages claim. For more than 27 years, our legal team at Philips Law Group has been protecting the rights of victims and has recovered millions in compensation for our clients in Arizona. This includes a $350,000 settlement for the family of a victim who was shot and killed by the City of Phoenix Police.
Learn more about your possible legal options during a free and confidential consultation. There are no upfront fees involved for our services. You only pay us at the end of the legal process if we help you win.
Call 1-800-706-3000 to get started. We are accessible 24/7 over the phone or online.
Do I Have a Case?
If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, or excessive force by law enforcement officers, you may have a case. However, this is a difficult question to answer unless our firm can review your situation.
During a free consultation, a licensed lawyer can discuss the options that may be available to you and if you may be eligible to pursue legal action. There is no risk or obligation in calling us. We look forward to helping.
How Can Philips Law Group Help Me?
Civil rights cases are some of the most complex and challenging to prove, which is why you need legal representation like Phillips Law Group to help determine if your civil rights have been violated and by who.
If we find you have a case, we can conduct a detailed investigation to determine what happened and collect the necessary evidence to help prove that an individual or entity unlawfully violated your civil rights. In Arizona, there are no caps or limits on the amount of damages our Tempe civil rights lawyers may be able to recover on your behalf. You may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages, such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Our experienced lawyers know how devastating it can be to be discriminated against or lose a loved one in an unjustified police shooting. Let us review your claim as soon as possible because there is a limited amount of time to take legal action in these types of cases.
Free consultation. Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
Types of Civil Rights Cases We Handle
There are many different types of civil rights violations. Some of the most common complaints involve allegations of color of law violations. For instance, if a police officer acts within the color of law to make an arrest but he or she does not have probable cause, it could be a violation of the law.
Aside from unlawful arrest, other common complaints could include police brutality such as shootings, racial profiling, housing or employment discrimination, physical assault, as well as termination because of age.
Our legal team is prepared to take cases involving a variety of civil rights violations, including the following:
Law Enforcement Misconduct
Unfortunately, law enforcement officers are often protected from lawsuits as a result of improper conduct while on the job. However, victims have the legal right to bring a claim forward if they experience excessive police force or brutality, an unjustified police shooting, are illegally searched, falsely arrested, or suffer from malicious prosecutions, among other abuses of power.
Discrimination in the workplace could be based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against their employees based on these characteristics. When an employer prevents someone from being hired, creates a hostile work environment or fires someone on the basis of a protected characteristic, there may be grounds to file a lawsuit.
Domestic violence is also a violation of one’s civil rights. Violence is commonly directed towards women, especially by their intimate partners, such as a former spouse, boyfriend or dating partner. Victims usually obtain a restraining order first and file a lawsuit once they are in a safe environment away from the abuser.
This type of discrimination happens when property owners do not want to give people in certain classes access to housing. Individuals may be denied housing or even driven out through malicious actions. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 helps to protect against housing discrimination based on race, age or marital status.
Although inmates may lose their right to privacy while in prison, they still have civil rights and are protected by the Eighth amendment in the U.S. Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishments. This includes beatings and torture. Every inmate has a right to adequate medical care and humane conditions. A violation of these rights caused by the mistreatment of prison officials could be grounds to file a civil rights lawsuit.
Discrimination can also happen among individuals working within the government.
Every civil rights case is unique, so we recommend discussing your claim with an experienced Tempe civil rights attorney from our firm.
Legal Options for Victims of Civil Rights Violations
If you have been the victim of a civil rights violation, you most likely have questions about your situation and your options. Fortunately, there are several legal options available for victims of civil rights violations. The option you may qualify for will depend on your circumstances and could include one of the following:
These often involve resolving disputes between both parties involved without having to file paperwork in court or go through a long and drawn out legal battle. For instance, an employer and its attorneys may sit down and draft an agreement in which the employer agrees to pay a certain amount to the employee who agrees to give up the right to sue over the issue.
Filing a Claim With the Government
Another option is to file a claim with the state or federal government and allow the agency to take the necessary steps to enforce your civil rights. By filing a claim, the government will conduct an investigation into your situation to see if any laws were violated and then decide whether to take further action.
Filing a Private Lawsuit
You also have the option to file a lawsuit against the individual or entity who caused you to suffer harm. Whether the lawsuit is filed in state or federal court will depend on the particulars of your case. It is important to note that in certain civil rights cases, a claim must be filed with the appropriate government department prior to pursuing a private lawsuit.
Reach Out to a Tempe Civil Rights Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has had your civil rights violated by police officers, employers, corrections officers or other government entities, you may be eligible to pursue compensation in a damages claim.
Speak with an experienced Tempe civil rights lawyer at Phillips Law Group about your rights as soon as possible. We are prepared to provide legal advice and aggressive representation on your behalf. Call us to discuss your situation and the recovery process during a free consultation. There are no legal costs or upfront fees to worry about unless we obtain just and fair compensation for your case.