Federal and state laws guarantee the right to live without abuse or harassment. These laws apply to everyone; those that violate them can be held legally accountable.
Despite legal protections, people still suffer the consequences of discrimination. When you experience physical injuries or economic losses due to discrimination against you, contact a Manchester civil rights lawyer. The legal team at Ruane Attorneys can explain the remedies available based on your situation. You may be able to seek monetary compensation for the violation of your rights.
People With Protection Under Civil Rights Laws
Over the years, civil rights law has expanded to cover many categories of people. For example, the Connecticut Human Rights Act at Connecticut General Statute §46a-60 bans employment discrimination against people on the following:
- Gender identification or expression
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
- Physical, intellectual, or learning disabilities
- Marital status
- Veteran status
Anyone denied an opportunity or mistreated because of one of these statuses could have a claim. A Manchester attorney could review the circumstances and advise on the best action to rectify the civil rights violation.
Types of Civil Rights Violations
Abuse, harassment, and discriminatory behavior could affect a person’s life in various ways. Many cases of civil rights abuse occur in the following contexts, but the list does not include every possible instance of a violation. Someone who believes they have experienced a civil rights violation should contact a Manchester attorney.
News reports of law enforcement officers violating citizens’ civil rights are a daily occurrence. Most of these reports center on officers using unreasonable force, sometimes resulting in death. Other civil rights violations do not get as much press attention, but police should still be held accountable.
A Manchester attorney could represent someone in a legal action against the police for false arrest, harassment, excessive force, failure to provide medical attention, racial profiling, or illegal search and seizure.
Abuse or Harassment in Prison
Prison inmates have little recourse when subjected to violence, humiliation, harassment, discrimination, or abuse. Often, prison guards actively abuse prisoners. In other cases, a prison system violates an inmate’s civil rights by failing to protect them from another inmate’s violence.
Many civil rights cases involving prisoners center on the facility’s failure to provide adequate medical care or prevent suicide. Inmates are entitled to treatment for physical illnesses and diseases. Jails and prisons must identify inmates at risk for suicide and take preventative measures.
Discrimination in Employment, Housing, or Credit
Many people face unequal opportunities in the workplace and may experience hostile work environments due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, or membership in another protected class. Discrimination also exists in housing and lending.
A victim of discriminatory hiring or promotion policies could bring a civil rights action seeking damages. Financial compensation also could be available to someone who experienced a hostile work environment due to their membership in one of the protected groups. Similarly, someone who suffered repercussions because they reported or spoke out against discriminatory conduct could bring a lawsuit for civil rights violations.
When banks, apartment complexes, and even private landlords discriminate against prospective customers and tenants, they violate the law. Our civil rights lawyers in Manchester could review a specific situation and formulate a strategy to hold the wrongdoer accountable.
Violating Students’ Civil Rights
Students could suffer violations of their civil rights in schools. Sometimes, the issue is systemic, such as failing to provide an enriching educational experience to students with disabilities.
Schools must protect students from harassment and bullying by other students; failing to do so might constitute a civil rights violation. Physical assaults by teachers or campus security and sexual assault by anyone on a school campus could lead to a civil rights lawsuit.
Assert Your Rights with a Manchester Attorney
You are entitled to certain Constitutional rights. If you experience abuse, harassment, or discrimination, discuss your situation with an attorney who can work to hold the wrongdoers accountable.
A Manchester civil rights lawyer at our firm could review your case and develop an effective strategy to address the wrongs you suffered. Call Ruane Attorneys today to speak with a member of our team.