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Texas Civil Rights Lawyers
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers is committed to defending civil rights by fighting discrimination and racism at the hands of private businesses and the government.
We fight for the rights of our clients with a vengeance. We strive to hold those who harmed our clients’ civil liberties accountable and to make positive changes in the court and legal systems through our clients’ civil rights claims. If we take your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation and advocate on your behalf to try to get the most compensation possible for everything you’ve gone through.
Civil rights claims are some of the most difficult and complicated legal issues to handle. The Supreme Court has severely limited individuals’ civil rights when authorities or prosecutors abuse them. Because of Supreme Court decisions, hundreds of civil rights claims have been thrown out by courts all across the country. If your civil rights have been violated, you must treat the matter with the greatest seriousness. Texas Personal Injury Lawyers have extensive experience and the necessary abilities to handle civil rights claims correctly.
What Are Civil Rights?
You must first understand your civil rights in order to safeguard them. Civil rights in the United States are important since they guarantee individuals against being mistreated. They protect the basic rights of everybody to be free from prejudice and unfair treatment, as well as the right to equal treatment in multiple areas such as employment, education, housing, interactions with law enforcement, public accommodations, and others.
The Civil Rights Movement is the name used to refer to the African American fight for equality in all aspects of society. Today, the phrase “civil rights” refers to all people’s efforts to achieve equality regardless of their protected characteristics, including sex, race, disability, age, pregnancy, religion, national origin, genetic information, and others.
When Did Civil Rights Begin?
The first civil rights law was passed in 1789 by the Congress of Confederation. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects individuals from state law discrimination, was adopted in 1866 following Reconstruction. Since that time there have been a variety of federal laws protecting civil freedoms. The majority of states also have their own civil rights legislation. Other examples of civil rights include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Fair Housing Act
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Voting Rights Act
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed as a result of the Civil Rights Movement. Title VII of the legislation prohibits workplace discrimination based on various characteristics. Prohibited forms of employment discrimination include not just hiring and termination, but also every phase of an employee’s career, from start to finish. The Civil Rights Act also prohibits prejudice against residents based on their protected characteristics, such as race, gender, national origin, and religion.
The Age Discrimination Act bans age discrimination in federal-funded programs, including housing, healthcare, education, rehabilitation, welfare, and food stamps. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects employees and applicants who are 40 or older from age bias.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability discrimination in a variety of situations. Employment, public accommodation, state and local governments, transportation, commercial facilities, and telecommunications are all places where prohibited discrimination occurs.
The Fair Housing Act forbids discrimination in housing based on such characteristics as disability, family status, sex, religion, and race. The Rehabilitation Act’s Section 504 prohibits disability-based discrimination in federally funded programs.
The Voting Rights Act was passed in response to Jim Crow laws and other roadblocks that African-Americans faced when attempting to vote in certain southern states. The Supreme Court eliminated several essential portions of the legislation in 2013.
Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Loving v. Virginia, and others are just a few examples of landmark Supreme Court decisions that have resulted in new civil rights protections for individuals.
Civil rights laws have been passed in most states, including Texas. For example, The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, also known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, is a state-level equivalent of the federal EEOC. Employees are protected from discrimination based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, age, or genetic information under the TCHRA. It was designed to give Texans the same rights as those given in federal employment discrimination laws.
Civil Rights vs. Civil Liberties
The words civil rights and civil liberties are not synonymous. The idea of civil rights has historically concerned itself with the freedom from unfair and unequal treatment based on protected characteristics. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and other federal laws offer protection to civil liberties. These include the rights of free speech, privacy, and voting.
Examples Of Civil Rights Cases For Our Clients
The following areas are examples of civil rights infringements that our attorneys have defended:
- Hate crimes
- Police misconduct
- Police brutality
- Racial profiling
- Unlawful arrests
- Wrongful convictions
Regardless of how complicated your situation is, our legal team can handle the issues in order to try to obtain compensation for you. Our attorneys have a stellar track record for thoroughness and know-how to research civil rights claims.
Examples Of Civil Rights Cases
HATE CRIMES: Hate crimes are any criminal offenses committed against a person or persons, regardless of their identity, based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation/orientation, gender identity/gender expression, age, or ethnicity.
Hate acts are considered terrorist attacks against individuals or groups to express hatred based on protected characteristics. In addition to any criminal charges that may be pending against the offenders, victims of hate crimes might have just cause to bring civil rights claims.
POLICE MISCONDUCT: Police misconduct, brutality, and unlawful arrests are all too prevalent. The following are some examples of these sorts of events:
- Police brutality
- Excessive force
- Sexual assault
- Planting evidence
- Torture to coerce confessions
- Unlawful arrests and detentions
Some of these occurrences have been covered in the press and have caused significant upheavals. The cases of Eric Garnier, Rodney King, Sean Bell, and others shook the public’s consciousness and resulted in large protests and demonstrations.
DISCRIMINATION: Claims of discrimination can be made for employment, housing, public accommodation, and education. These sorts of claims involve persecution on the basis of a person’s protected characteristics. Discrimination claims can be filed under either state or federal law. The rules that give the most protection are generally used.
You Don’t Lose Your Civil Liberties In Prison
People who are incarcerated or imprisoned do not lose their civil rights but rather their freedom. Infant mortality, fueled by a lack of accessible prenatal care and healthcare after birth, is on the rise in many parts of the world, especially where poor people live under austerity conditions.
In a 2010 study of prison assaults against both males and females, 21% of the 6,964 inmates who took part in the research said that a staff member had battered them physically and 1.98 percent said they had been sexually assaulted by one. In both sets of data, the staff-on-inmate physical and sexual assault occurred more frequently than inmate-on-inmate assaults of the same sort.
It should be mentioned that any sexual contact between inmates and guards is prohibited by law, as established by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC). The NPREC was formed in 2003 to create standards for the Act after it passed.
It is critical to show that no form of acceptable sexual contact between inmates and prison staff is permitted. According to a Mother Jones study, 66 percent of reported instances of sexual misconduct by prison employees involved people who “appeared to be willing.”
Female prison guards are also more likely to sexually assault their charges. Female prisoners make up just seven percent of the overall jail population, according to Mother Jones, yet they account for 33% of all staff-on-inmate sexual assaults. That’s a significant number for a group that accounts for under 10% of the overall prison population.
It’s conceivable that the incidence of sexual abuse among inmates is far greater than previously believed, owing to a 2015 NPREC study that found that inmate sex abuse was underreported. According to NPREC’s research, there are a variety of reasons why prisoners don’t report abuse, including fear of retaliation by the perpetrator, a desire not to be labeled a snitch, shame and humiliation, or hopes that staff would not assist them.
Deliberate Indifference Is A Civil Rights Violation
Prison officials, for example, may also violate individuals’ civil rights by not reacting when they should. One example of deliberate indifference is when prison employees deliberately ignore an inmate’s serious medical needs, resulting in more severe harm than if the inmate had received medical care.
Jail suicides are an example of where not acting may result in a civil rights violation. According to a Washington Post report, suicide is the third-leading cause of death in American prisons and jails, and it has increased dramatically in recent years. This can also be a violation of an individual’s civil rights if jail authorities are aware that an inmate is suicidal but do nothing about it.
Contact The Attorneys At Texas Personal Injury Lawyers For Help
If your civil rights have been violated, resulting in significant injuries or damage, you may have legal options to pursue a civil rights claim against all of the responsible parties. Civil rights attorneys at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers have the expertise and experience necessary to assist clients with civil rights claims.
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