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Atlanta Civil Rights Lawyer

If you believe you are the victim of a civil rights violation, you have the option of filing a claim against the parties responsible for the harm you suffered. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. take civil rights violations seriously. The harm from such a violation can impact a person’s future. We can help you identify a civil rights violation and hold the parties accountable for their actions.

When you call our firm, you’ll be working with one of our trusted legal professionals – not a receptionist or unknown associate. See the difference a small firm can make – contact us and schedule a free review of your legal options today.

Atlanta Civil Rights Attorney

 

What are Georgia’s Civil Rights Violations?

Civil rights violations encompass everything from sexual harassment in the workplace to employment discrimination and the acquisition of fair housing. Several key federal statutes define civil rights, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which ensures equal opportunity in employment, government activities, and transportation.
  • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits age discrimination in any activity that receives federal assistance.
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prohibits ageism in the workplace.
  • The Fair Housing Act, which bans housing discrimination on the basis of religion, sex, creed, familial status, disability, and race.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964, a sweeping piece of legislation that holds all people have equal rights and responsibilities under the law.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which aims to make voting more accessible to all by banning literacy tests and requiring special provisions for areas most affected by racial discrimination.

States can pass their own civil rights laws, but they are usually very similar to the federal statutes. Other landmark court decisions, like Brown v. Board of Education, may inform civil rights violations.

Steps to Filing a Civil Rights Claim in Atlanta

If you believe you were the victim of a civil rights violation, you must follow a specialized process to the offending parties accountable. For example, certain kinds of discrimination and civil rights violations, such as sexual harassment in the workplace, require that you file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission within 180 days of the offense.

In many cases of civil rights violations, you must first file a complaint with the applicable federal or government agency before seeking private compensation. In these cases, you must receive permission to file a claim from the applicable government agency. This “right to sue” letter comes after the agency finds sufficient evidence that a civil rights violation occurred.

Investigations

A state agency might want to investigate complaints regarding civil rights violations, as well. In the case of workplace harassment, you may file a dual complaint with the EEOC and the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity.

This process can become complicated and highlight the need for an attorney’s help. The lawyers at ChancoSchiffer P.C. will be able to tell you if filing a government claim is essential to your case, and can help you through the process.

Contact an Atlanta Civil Rights Attorney

The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. can help you identify your best course of action and next steps. Regardless of the offender, no one has the authority to violate the rights granted to all citizens by the Constitution. We will hold the discriminatory parties responsible for their actions, protecting victims from further repercussions that result from a civil rights violation.

Because civil rights violations affect so much of a victim’s life, including proper workplace treatment, schooling, and future income, each case deserves careful attention. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. are some of the most trusted law firms in the state, and we believe in protecting the rights of all individuals. We’re committed to giving your case the care and dedication it deserves. Contact us today and schedule a free initial consultation.