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.
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.