Need a Texas Civil Rights Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one had their civil rights violated, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
Have Your Civil Rights Been Violated?
Civil rights are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment and be free from discrimination in many settings, including employment, education, housing, and more. Today, the term “civil rights” is used to describe equality for all people regardless of age, sex, race, disability, national origin, religion, or other characteristics.
Examples of civil rights violations include:
- Hate crimes
- “Color of law” abuses by public officials (such as police brutality)
- Human trafficking and involuntary servitude
- Employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation
- Racial discrimination
- Housing discrimination (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
- Welfare (denial of benefit income, rehabilitation, or other services)
- Voting rights (redistricting, failure to provide voting information, etc.)
- Lack of disability access in medical facilities
- Special education discrimination for children with disabilities
- Prisoner and inmate claims against federal officials
- And many more
There is a difference between civil rights and civil liberties, which include your freedom of speech and assembly, the right to a fair court trial, protection against unreasonable search or seizure, and more.
After the expansion of civil rights laws in the early 1990s, the number of lawsuit increased substantially. From 2000-2006, the median damage award for plaintiffs who won in civil rights trials ranged from $114,000 to $154,000. The percentage of plaintiffs who won at trial remained steady at about one-third.
Filing a Civil Rights Lawsuit
In many cases, you must file an administrative claim with the appropriate federal or state agency before you can file a private lawsuit in court. These agencies typically have strict time-limits.
For example, if you are alleging employment discrimination, your complaint must be filed within 180 days (sometimes 300 days) of the offense with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
If you think you have a lawsuit, it is essential to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Once the “statute of limitations” on your case expires, your case could be dismissed. Every state has different time-limits and it is important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state.
Need a Civil Rights Lawyer in Texas?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.
Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas civil rights lawyers for a free lawsuit review.