The Virginia civil rights lawyers at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC are experienced in handling cases in which an individual’s civil rights have been violated or someone has faced unlawful discrimination.
Call us today to schedule a consultation to explore your options for seeking justice and recovering compensation for wrongful discrimination and other violations of your civil rights.
We have brought some of the most notable civil rights cases in federal court in the western half of Virginia. We are very selective in the cases we take in this area but we have an in-depth knowledge of Section 1981 and 1983 claims.
At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we have the capacity and resources to investigate and research the facts and law of each case effectively and to integrate our work into an aggressive representation.
Please contact our civil rights violation attorneys if you feel you or a loved one has been the victim of a civil rights violation.
The adoption of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution by our founding fathers will no doubt stand as one of the most important developments in human history. The Bill of Rights provides the framework for the protection of our most basic and sacred rights, including, the rights of free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, and many other rights.
As our country has matured, our understanding of our rights has matured as well, and we have learned that in protecting the rights of minorities, we preserve the integrity of our institutions and our freedom.
Today, there are many civil rights with roots in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and which were accepted at the common law and have been codified into federal and state statutes.
Examples of legislation that protects civil rights beyond the protections expressly provided in the Constitution and Bill of Rights include: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
Some examples of the civil rights cases we handle include:
A civil rights lawyer plays varied and complex roles, but their principal job is to make sure you attain justice and the result you want from pursuing a civil rights claim against a party that has violated your civil rights.
The civil rights lawyers at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC are dedicated to helping Virginians pursue civil rights claims.
If we take your case, we will:
Our priority is making sure that you obtain a satisfactory resolution to your claim through negotiating a settlement or litigating the issue in court. We will devote all of our energy to making sure that justice is served.
There are a number of ways in which you are entitled to protection from discrimination. One example is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Title VII prohibits employers from harassing or subjecting you to a hostile work environment based on race, sex, color, religion, and national origin. Subsequent legislation, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act added protections for employees based on age and disability.
There are some limitations on those protections, however. This legislation does not apply to private companies with fewer than 15 employees. Also, there is a time limit set on how long you have to bring a discrimination case. In general, you have to report discrimination to the appropriate office, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the incident.
Another example of civil rights cases that we take is cases involving police brutality or misconduct. These are cases in which a police officer abused their authority in some way that affected you.
There are a number of ways in which police officers can overstep the bounds of their duty to protect. For example:
Remedies for civil rights violations vary. They may involve restitution or compensation for personal injuries or property damage sustained, or being reinstated to a job from which you were wrongly terminated. It could be payment for pain and suffering or for loss of wages or a decrease in earning ability.
The court will take into consideration what economic (e.g. lost wages) and non-economic (e.g. pain and suffering, mental anguish, damage to reputation) damages you have suffered, and attempt to award you an amount that will put you back in the position you were in before your rights were violated.
In some cases, when the violation is especially egregious, the court will also award punitive damages. Punitive damages do not represent an amount of actual damages suffered but are sometimes awarded in order to punish the defendant and provide a disincentive for engaging in the same behavior for the defendant and others.
At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC we understand that each case, each matter involving our clients, must be treated individually. Choosing a strategy that requires aggressive negotiation, immediate litigation, and trial strategy, or simply time to develop are among the many decisions that require attention at the start.
Whatever the requirements of a given case, the credibility of our trial threat always works to the benefit of our clients. We believe there is no greater honor than advocating for the rights of those we represent.
If you believe your civil rights have been violated, contact us today for a free consultation. If we proceed with your case, we will fight zealously for you to seek the justice you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.