Los Angeles Civil Rights Attorney
As Americans, we are afforded a number of personal rights and protections under Federal Law. The term “civil rights” refers to the rights of individuals to receive fair and equal treatment and to be free from unfair discrimination. These rights apply in a number of settings including employment, education, and housing, to name a few. Your civil rights cannot be violated by your employer, a private business, a governmental agency or any other institution.
Federal and state laws guarantee equal protection for all regardless of age, race, gender, disability, nationality, religion, pregnancy, veteran status or sexual orientation. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace or have lost employment opportunities due to a violation of your civil rights, please contact Strong Advocates to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin. It gave all Americans equal voting rights and ended racial segregation in schools, workplaces and public facilities.
Under this law, it is unlawful for employers to hire or fire any individual or make any decisions relating to his or employment based on race, color, religion sex or national origin. Employers cannot limit, segregate or classify employees or job applicants using any of the above factors as determinants. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in addition to employers, also applies to entities such as employment agencies, unions and training programs.
Potential Legal Options
If you believe that you have faced unlawful discrimination in the workplace, there are a number of legal options available to you. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to resolve the issues through informal negotiations, a lawsuit in civil court, or through a government claim.
Informal negotiations: If you have a civil rights matter, you can try to resolve it outside of court. Ideally, both sides will sit down and draft an agreement in which the employer agrees to pay the employee and the employee agrees to give up his or her right to sue. A skilled lawyer must help you negotiate the best resolution possible.
Private lawsuit in civil court: You can take your civil rights issue to civil court. You or your attorney will need to file a written legal complaint that explains what wrongdoing occurred, the harm that was done and how the opposing party was responsible for the civil rights violations.
Claim with the government: The government is responsible for enforcing civil rights laws. So, if your rights have been violated, you can ask the government to conduct an investigation into your allegations. Once you file your claim, the agencies will determine where and how the case will be handled. Note these always have a very short timeline: if you don’t file in a matter of months, you can lose your claim in most circumstances.
Protecting Your Rights
If your civil rights have been violated in the workplace, it is important that you begin documenting the events that occurred and the policies or procedures that violated your rights. Contact a Los Angeles employment lawyer at Strong Advocates to review the details of your case help you determine the best possible course of action. Call us at (800) 870-9886 to schedule your consultation.