Types of Civil Rights Cases
Under the law, there are several ways an individual’s civil rights can be violated. Any situation in which a person experiences unfair treatment or discrimination based on their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or other legally-protected characteristics can be considered an infringement on a person’s rights.
These forms of discrimination may appear in a variety of contexts. Some of the common types of civil rights lawsuits include:
- Employment Discrimination — If you’ve experienced denial of employment, termination, or have been passed over for promotion due to a legally-protected characteristic, you may be a victim of this kind of discrimination.
- Housing Discrimination — If you are not presented the opportunity to rent or purchase an apartment or home, or are not allowed to live in a particular neighborhood, housing discrimination may be at play. It is important to remember that it is not up to the seller, leasing office or landlord to consider or determine whether you belong to a protected class or not. Doing so is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
- Police Misconduct & Wrongful Arrest — False imprisonment, police brutality, and other oppressive acts by civil authorities are all examples of civil rights violations.
- Discrimination in Public Accommodation — After the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990, the special needs and requirements of those living with disabilities were legally protected. The ADA made it illegal to discriminate against a person who is disabled by not providing adequate public accommodation. For instance, businesses need to make reasonable accommodations for their disabled employees and patrons. A failure to do so could be a violation of civil rights.
Instances in which an individual’s free speech, free assembly, right to vote, and other rights are inhibited are also subject to civil rights litigation. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to unequal treatment based on a protected characteristic, you are entitled to an opportunity to seek a resolution.
Why You Need to Hire an Attorney
When you believe your civil rights have been violated, it is common to not only feel outraged at the injustice, but also overwhelmed and uncertain about where to turn for help. In these types of cases, working with experienced Montana civil rights attorneys is your best option to take action in pursuit of a favorable outcome.
As civil rights attorneys with extensive experience in helping individuals in Montana seek fair treatment in a wide range of civil rights-related cases, we will stand with you throughout the process as we learn the details of your situation, explain your rights under the law and the legal options available to you, and help you move forward. We aren't here to gain power or prestige; our passion is helping our fellow Montanans get what they need to get back on their feet and live the life they deserve.