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What is a Civil Rights Violation?

What is a Civil Rights Violation?

Civil rights guarantee you equal opportunities and equal protection against discrimination. If you suspect your rights are being violated, reach out to our Chicago area civil rights violation attorney. At The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline, we act as a strong legal advocate on your side and can guide you in filing a civil rights claim. 

Civil Rights Violations Under State and Federal Law

The federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on color, ethnicity or national origin, race, religion, or gender. Later amendments to federal civil rights laws added additional protection against discrimination based on your age, status as a disabled person, pregnancy or family status, sexual orientation, or status as a service member. 

In addition to federal laws, state law also prohibits you from being discriminated against, denied benefits, or excluded from participating in programs or activities based on your inclusion in a protected class. Despite these laws, violations continue to happen on a regular basis. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, common types of civil rights violations under state and federal laws include: 

  • Workplace discrimination and other employment-related problems;
  • Housing discrimination and harassment;
  • Mistreatment and harassment at the hands of the police or by staff and inmates at corrections institutions;
  • Discrimination at schools or in services provided as you pursue an education;
  • Discrimination in any type of commercial establishment;
  • Being the victim of a hate crime or of human trafficking. 

Filing a Lawsuit Due to Civil Rights Violations

Under the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, civil rights violations could entitle you to file a civil lawsuit against the guilty parties involved. A lawsuit must be brought no later than two years after the alleged offense. Damages you may be entitled to include compensation for any medical or other therapeutic expenses, lost wages and benefits, and any other actual costs you incurred, as well as legal costs associated with bringing a civil rights lawsuit and attorneys fees. 

We encourage you to reach out to our Chicago area civil rights violation attorney for trusted legal guidance in filing a claim. Steps we can take on your behalf include: 

  • Thoroughly reviewing your case and explaining how state or federal laws apply;
  • Gathering the evidence needed to support a claim;
  • Filing formal complaints against those at fault;
  • Taking your civil rights lawsuit to court. 

Request a Consultation With Our Chicago Area Civil Rights Violation Attorney Today

At The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline, we act as a strong legal advocate on your side when dealing with civil rights violations.  To request a consultation regarding your options, call or contact our Chicago area civil rights violation attorney online today.


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