Civil Rights

Personal Liberty and Freedom

Civil rights are the rights of personal liberty and freedom guaranteed to every American citizen in our Constitution. It’s the kind of universal freedom our founding fathers envisioned for every American citizen. However, the ideals of our forefathers have done little to change the fundamental machinations of human nature. In a word, discrimination still happens–a lot.

When your civil rights get violated, be it by an individual or by the government, you may be within your rights to seek legal recourse. Our team of Miami civil rights attorneys help those who experience civil rights violations.

A civil rights claim is usually filed when the government or one of its officials violates a person’s statutory or Constitutional rights. These rights can include freedom from racial discrimination, sex discrimination in the workplace (especially against women), and any other employment or public accommodations discrimination, based on protected criteria such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

Civil Rights Laws

You’ll discover many civil rights laws at the local, state, and federal levels. Two of the most well-known civil rights laws in the United States are the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1964.

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 declared that all people born in the United States were American citizens and enjoyed certain inalienable rights, including the right to make contracts, the right to own property, the right to sue in court, and the right to enjoy the full protection of federal law.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 established many of the landmark housing, employment, and federal anti-discrimination laws that now protect all American citizens. These protections encompass several different kinds of discrimination, the most familiar of which are discrimination by sex, race, religion, and ethnicity.

Civil rights violations can take shape in many different forms, with the following only being some common examples in these types of legal claims:

  • Employment discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation
  • Racial discrimination in public accommodation (e.g., being refused service at a restaurant or store based on one’s skin color)
  • Housing discrimination (e.g., Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing Act, etc.)
  • Lack of disability access in medical and/or other public facilities

Our Miami Civil Rights Lawyers Will Protect Your Rights

When someone else or the government violates your civil rights, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit seeking compensation and justice for the damages. Civil rights cases can be famously tricky, which is why it makes sense to work with our team of experienced and empathetic Miami civil rights attorneys at the Cueto Law Group. If you believe that your civil rights have been violated, call us at (305) 777-0377 to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your legal options.