civil rights attorney jackson ms

The Jackson Civil Rights Attorney represents those who have had their civil rights violated. Jackson MS has more than its fair share of victims of civil rights violations, and we are here to help.

A Jackson Civil Rights lawyer handles many different types of civil rights violations.

A civil right is an enforceable right which if interfered with by another allows a lawsuit to be brought forth. Civil rights include: freedom of speech, press, and assembly; right to vote; and the right to equality in public places.

Discrimination happens when the civil rights of an individual are denied / interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class, such as race, national origin, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, and in some instances sexual orientation.

Both Federal and Jackson MS law prohibit discrimination in: employment, housing, public accommodation, and more. Bothe the Federal Civil Rights Act and the Jackson City Civil Rights Act prohibit government or any person from using the law to deprive our Jackson citizens of their civil rights. The Civil Rights Act provides for Money Damages for people violated by a person acting under State Authority.

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Civil Rights Claims in Jackson MS

Our law firm litigates civil rights cases in Jackson.

If your civil rights have been violated, you need an attorney that will aggressively pursue your rights against powerful interests. At Attorney MS in Jackson, we are a strong advocate for the victims of civil rights abuses and discrimination.

Make Your Voice Heard Loud and Clear

Both in the workshop and in life, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If your civil rights have been violated, you need to stand up and make your voice heard. The most powerful method of doing this is by filing a lawsuit against those who have wronged you and holding them accountable for their actions.

Our experienced lawyers represent people of every age, sex and gender. We provide skilled counsel and aggressive representation in case involving a variety of civil rights abuses including:

  • Police brutality
  • False arrests
  • Illegal detention
  • Jail neglect and abuse
  • Violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Abuses of people with mental illness

Our Civil Rights Attorneys Help People Stand Up For Their Rights

Our law firm is dedicated to helping people stand up for their civil rights and holding people accountable for violations of those rights. For people who are otherwise unable to fight for themselves, we offer them a chance to level the playing field against the powerful interests who have wronged them.

To discuss your civil rights litigation options with a skilled trial lawyer for plaintiffs, contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Civil Rights – Police Brutality

Police brutality and excessive force comes about when an officer uses an amount of force inappropriate for the situation at hand. For example, a police officer may put his hand on the arm of an otherwise cooperative perpetrator, to guide the direction the two are to walk. In the same situation using the business end of the baton instead to prod the individual by sticking him in the back to direct him is an example of excessive force. Increasingly over the past few years complaints of excessive force have been on the rise. The claims range from abusive language, misuse of batons, use of chemical sprays, non supervised field interrogations, tight handcuffing, choke holds, kicks, inappropriate uses of electro-chock devices, and finally- unnecessary use of deadly force.

False Arrest / False Imprisonment: For false arrest and false imprisonment claims, you must be able to prove that you were arrested and held in custody without probable cause. If the officers can demonstrate that they had probable cause to arrest you, they will likely defeat your claim. To show probable cause, the officers must establish that the facts available to them at the time were sufficient to lead a reasonable person to believe that you had committed a crime. For instance, if someone identified you as being the perpetrator of the crime, that could be sufficient to establish probable cause and justify your arrest, even if you are later acquitted of the charges.

Civil Rights – Malicious Prosecution

An action at law for malicious prosecution in Jackson based upon a prior civil judicial proceeding consists of several elements.

1st. The plaintiff must show that the defendant filed a lawsuit against him or her and sustained a special grievance.

2nd. The plaintiff must show that the lawsuit terminated favorably to him or her.

3rd. The plaintiff must show lack of reasonable or probable cause for the lawsuit.

4th. The plaintiff must show that the defendant was activated by a malicious motive in instituting the civil suit against him or her.

5th. The last element that must be proved is that the plaintiff suffered damage as a proximate result of a malicious prosecution.

Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination

Federal and Jackson MS statutes prohibit an employer from undertaking any action regarding an employee based on that employee’s race, gender, ethnicity, disability, creed, national origin, familial status, or veteran status (each of these comprising a “protected class” of individuals who cannot be discriminated against).

This prohibition would apply as much to termination as hiring decisions. Any individual who believes that his or her employment rights have been violated may file a charge of discrimination with EEOC. In addition, an individual, organization, or agency may file a charge on behalf of another person in order to protect the aggrieved person’s identity.

Federal employees or applicants for Federal employment should see EEOC regulations applicable to federal employee complaints. All laws enforced by EEOC, except the Equal Pay Act, require filing a charge with EEOC before a private lawsuit may be filed in court. There are strict time limits within which charges must be filed: A charge must be filed with EEOC within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation, in order to protect the charging party’s rights.

This 180-day filing deadline is extended to 300 days if the charge also is covered by a state or local anti-discrimination law. For ADEA charges, only state laws extend the filing limit to 300 days. These time limits do not apply to claims under the Equal Pay Act, because under that Act persons do not have to first file a charge with EEOC in order to have the right to go to court.

However, since many EPA claims also raise Title VII sex discrimination issues, it may be advisable to file charges under both laws within the time limits indicated. To protect legal rights, it is always best to contact EEOC promptly when discrimination is suspected.

Civil Rights – Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination at work is treating an employee unfairly based on race, color, or ethnicity. Racial discrimination can affect any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, benefits, compensation, and the work environment. The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) enforces the federal laws that prohibit racial discrimination in employment practices.

Civil Rights – National Origin Discrimination

Discrimination based on national origin involves treating employees or job applicants unfavorably because they are from a different country, or because of the person’s (or the person’s spouse’s or associates’) ethnicity or foreign accent, or because they seem to be of a certain ethnic background. The law prohibits discrimination in hiring, firing, pay, promotions, layoffs, job assignments, training, fringe benefits, and any other term of employment.

Civil Rights – Sex Discrimination

Sex discrimination is treating someone unfavorably because of that person’s sex, either a person applying for a job or an employee. Sex discrimination can involve treating someone less favorably because of his / her affiliation with an organization that is generally associated with people of a certain sex.

Discrimination against a transgender person because of sex violates Title – gender identity discrimination. Homosexual individuals can bring sex discrimination claims such as allegations of sexual harassment or other kinds of sex discrimination, such as adverse actions taken because of the person’s non conformance with sex stereotypes.

Civil Rights – Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of workplace sex discrimination that violates both Federal law and Jackson law. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are sexual harassment when the conduct affects a worker’s employment, when it unreasonably interferes with a worker’s work performance, or when it creates an intimidating, sexually hostile, or offensive work environment. Sexual harassment may occur where submission to sex is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a worker’s employment, or is used as a basis for employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotions and raises. The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or even a non-employee who comes into contact with employees. The victim does not have to be the person harassed, but could be any employee affected by the offensive conduct.

Call our Jackson Trial Lawyers for an Aggressive Defense of Your Civil Rights

Those responsible for violating your civil rights are not going to willfully turn themselves in to be held accountable. If your rights have been violated, you need a powerful legal advocate on your side. We can help you take on at-fault parties and ensure that nobody is above the law.

Whether you are seeking damages for the wrongful death of a loved one or need help holding at-fault parties responsible for violating your civil rights, we can help. We represent victims of civil rights violations throughout Jackson.

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