Erie Civil Rights Attorney
Serving Erie, Waterford, and the Rest of Pennsylvania
As a citizen of the United States of America, you are automatically entitled to certain inalienable rights. As a group, these rights are known as civil rights. Civil rights laws provide you with the freedom of speech, the right to choose your own residence, the right to vote, and the right to receive fair and equal treatment under the law, among others.
Although the United States Constitution guarantees civil rights, some individuals and institutions refuse to honor them. When your civil rights are violated, you need seasoned legal representation to protect yourself, hold your violators accountable, and fight for the compensation you deserve. Our Erie civil rights lawyer at the McNair Law Offices, PLLC, has the experience and knowledge you need to help you fight for justice in matters that pertain to your fundamental rights as an American.
We will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive justice when your rights have been violated.
What Constitutes a Civil Rights Violation?
How do you know when your civil liberties have been violated? The first thing to consider is if you were discriminated against based on your membership in a protected class or if one of your protected rights was violated. Here, the term, “protected” simply means that the law protects certain rights and characteristics, making certain acts, like discrimination, illegal.
Smoking, for example, is not a protected class, but gender is. If you are denied housing because you are a smoker, your civil rights have not been violated, but if you are denied housing because you are a woman, you might want to hire an attorney
If someone denies you access to housing or employment opportunities due to your age, gender, or another protected characteristic, you may have suffered a civil rights violation. Civil rights violations can also occur when authorities target you because of your race or act in a way that violates your civil rights (i.e. the right to privacy).
Common examples of civil rights violations include:
- Searches and seizures without just cause
- Being fired from a job without just cause
- Not being promoted because of your gender
- Any harmful decision that someone makes due to your protected characteristics
Protected classes include gender, race, religion, disability, nationality, immigration status, and sexual orientation. Discrimination or unfair treatment based on these factors is punishable by law and the perpetrator can be held liable for your suffering. If you are the victim of a rights violation, you have the right to hold your wrongdoer accountable in court for the damage they caused you.