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Civil Rights

The civil rights of individuals and their protection are one of the pillars of democracy in the United States. Your individual rights and freedoms are considered sacred and must not be unlawfully violated. When a person infringes upon your civil rights, you can and should hold the person liable for their actions. 

If you believe your civil rights or that of your loved one has been violated, reach out to The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj today. With over 25 years of legal practice, Mr. Faraj has the experience you need when fighting for your civil rights. With a blend of aggression, skill, and empathy, he gets the job done and ensures you receive fair compensation and justice for the harm you have suffered. 

Reach out today at 312-635-0800 (Chicago) or 323-902-0730 (Los Angeles) to get the aggressive legal representation necessary to restore your rights.

What Are Civil Rights?

Civil rights are a set of rights that were designed to protect people from unfair treatment or discrimination. These rights were created to ensure that everybody receives equal treatment – no matter the color of their skin, their social status, or where they come from. Some of these rights are:

  • Freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly
  • The right to petition the government
  • The right to procedural due process
  • Freedom from discrimination for protected classes 
  • The right to vote
  • The right to use public facilities

People who are entitled to these rights are regarded as protected classes. They are entitled to protection on the basis of characteristics such as age, race, sex, religion, national origin, pregnancy, familial status, disability, and veteran status.

Civil rights are guaranteed and regulated for the most part by laws that originated at the federal level through federal legislation. The laws include: 

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975  

The Act makes it unlawful to discriminate based on age in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The programs include educational programs, health care services, housing, welfare, food stamps, and rehabilitation programs.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) 

The ADEA makes it unlawful to use an employee or job applicant’s age as a factor when hiring or giving benefits. It especially applies to people over the age of forty in terms of compensation, advancement opportunities, and other employment conditions.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Under the ADA, it is unlawful to discriminate against people with real and/or perceived disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, telecommunications, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. 

Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin when hiring promoting, or firing. It extends beyond employment into areas of education, voting, and public accommodations.

Fair Housing Act (FHA)

It holds that every American should have an equal opportunity to seek a place to live, without being afraid of discrimination due to factors outside their control. Thus, you can't be discriminated against for housing based on race, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

As the first disability civil rights legislation passed in the United States, this Act is the forerunner to the ADA. It makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with real and/or perceived disabilities when receiving federal financial assistance. 

Why Should You Know About These Laws?

When you know your rights under these laws, you will be better able to recognize when they are being violated and take actions to put a stop to it and bring the culpable parties to book. 

Section 1983 of the United States Code enforces the civil rights laws and makes it possible for you to get justice when your federal constitutional right, such as your rights under the Bill of Rights are violated. Under this section, you can sue state government employees and others acting "under color of state law" for civil rights violations. 

For example, you can sue for the violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, which protects you against unlawful search and seizure and excessive use of force. 

You can sue for the violation of your Fifth Amendment rights that protects you from testifying against yourself and giving coerced confessions. You can also sue for the violation of your Fourteenth Amendment rights that protect you against violation of your rights to due process.

If you believe that your civil rights or those of your loved ones have been violated in any of the above ways, reach out to our trial lawyers at The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj. Our attorneys will listen carefully to your story and help you obtain the justice you deserve.

In What Ways Can Your Civil Rights Be Violated?

Civil rights can be violated in lots of different ways. Some of the violations we have filed complaints for on behalf of our clients include:

  • Wrongful death
  • Excessive use of force during an arrest
  • Excessive Taser use
  • Wrongful shooting
  • Wrongful arrest
  • Denial of medical aid
  • Denial of medical treatment
  • Unreasonable searches and seizures
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Losing a job or being passed over for a promotion due to discrimination
  • Abuse by a public official
  • Any discrimination based on a superficial quality or belief

If you or your loved one has experienced any of these, reach out to us today. Defending your civil rights is one of the causes we hold dear at The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, and we will hold nothing back in ensuring we get justice for you.

Speak to a Civil Rights Attorney Today

Mr. Faraj has handled numerous high profile cases that have received national and international media attention. He has developed a national reputation as an aggressive, unyielding, seasoned trial lawyer with an unparalleled record of jury and bench trial victories. 

We achieve outstanding results because we care about our clients. We take our time to learn as much as possible about you. In doing this, we understand your story and the circumstances that led to your needing legal representation. Armed with this knowledge, we aggressively pursue justice for you.

Reach out to us today to schedule an initial consultation and get a better understanding of your rights as pertains to your case.

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