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Civil Rights Attorney Near Me

Illinois Civil Rights Attorney Assisting Clients throughout the Chicago Area

Whether you are at work, walking outside in downtown Chicago, renting a new apartment, or driving in your car, you should know that you have civil rights. The area of civil rights law is very broad, encompassing matters from workplace speech and employment discrimination to wrongful arrest and police brutality. At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline, we have decades of experience helping clients in the Chicago area whose civil rights have been violated.

If you believe your civil rights were violated, you may be able to file a lawsuit. An experienced Chicago civil rights attorney near you can get started on your case today.

Civil Rights Violations at Work and throughout Chicago

There are numerous kinds of civil rights violations that can occur in the workplace and when you are engaged in regular life activities in and around Chicago. At the same time, many state and federal laws exist to protect employees and U.S. citizens from discrimination and civil rights violations that can occur. Some examples of civil rights violations that we regularly handle include but are not limited to:

  • Freedom of speech and association claims at work;
  • Employment discrimination;
  • Fair housing discrimination;
  • Discrimination in places of public accommodation;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Racial profiling in traffic stops or searches; and
  • Police brutality in stops, searches, arrests, and interrogations.

The above are just a handful of examples of the types of cases in which we assist clients throughout Chicago. As we mentioned, there are numerous laws that exist to protect citizens against civil rights violations, including but not limited to:

  • Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/);
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution;
  • Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution;
  • Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and
  • Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Illinois Human Rights Act is a state law that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, financial credit, public accommodations, and in sexual harassment in education. The other laws we mentioned help to protect people from similar forms of discrimination at the federal level, as well as to protect against intrusions on the freedom of speech and association, illegal search and seizure, and violations of equal protection.

Police Misconduct and Police Brutality in Chicago

Police brutality is, unfortunately, one of the most frequent areas in which we see civil rights violations in Chicago. Racial profiling and racially motivated behaviors are unlawful, and these actions violate the civil rights of Chicago residents on a much-too-regular basis. If you have experienced any of the following civil rights violations perpetrated by the police or other law enforcement officials, we can assist with your case:

  • Excessive force and/or inappropriate deadly force;
  • Unlawful search and seizure;
  • False arrest;
  • Coercing confessions; and
  • Wrongful convictions.

Contact a Civil Rights Attorney Near You in Chicago

Nobody deserves to be the victim of racial profiling or other discriminatory behavior. A Chicago civil rights attorney can answer your questions about filing a lawsuit today. Contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline for more information.