Civil Rights Litigation Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Experienced Pennsylvania Civil Rights Violation Attorneys
As citizens of the United States, we are guaranteed certain inalienable rights under the Constitution, as well as under state and federal laws. When these rights are infringed upon or violated at the local, state, or federal level, you may seek a legal remedy through the courts.
These rights can protect you from such actions as:
- Police brutality and other misconduct
- Inhumane treatment or conditions in jails or prisons
- Discrimination in matters such as public housing or education
The above examples of civil rights claims deal only with complaints against government officials or agencies. Other civil rights complaints can be made against employers, landlords, or others providing public services. You cannot make civil rights claims against private individuals in private settings.
What are Civil Rights Violations?
In our country, you are protected from discrimination based on your nationality, country of origin, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender identification, or disability. The US constitution protects your human rights and rights to freedom of speech, peaceful protest, and a speedy and public trial, among many others. When these rights are violated, you have the right to pursue legal action.
Examples of Civil Rights Violations
- Abuse and misconduct by police while under arrest
- Racial profiling
- Hate crimes
- Violent threats
- Unwarranted search and seizure
- Loss or denial of work due to discrimination
- Sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and discrimination
- Denial of access to public spaces or resources due to discrimination
Do I Need a Civil Rights Violation Attorney?
Civil rights violation cases can be complicated and may be difficult to prove. They can also be time-consuming and challenging when the opposing party contests your claim. For these reasons, you need an attorney who is a proven litigator in this field, as you will likely need to resolve your claim in court.
You May be Entitled to Monetary Compensation
You may be entitled to certain damages in the form of monetary compensation for the harm you have suffered. At Kontos Mengine Killion & Hassen, we can review your case to determine your chances of prevailing on your complaint and take legal action on your behalf should a claim be right for you. Our team of seasoned litigators are backed by decades of experience in court.