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Beaumont Civil Rights Attorneys

Aggressive Beaumont attorneys committed to protecting your civil rights

Our right to be free from discrimination based on our sex, age, race or religious affiliation is central to our system of democratic and representative government. The Bernsen Law Firm is comprised of experienced Beaumont civil rights attorneys who are committed to protecting the civil rights of those who have been discriminated against. Federal law — most notably Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1983 — governs most anti-discrimination issues.

Title VII attorneys

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits most employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. It further prohibits discrimination against a person because of affiliation with another individual based on the above criteria. Importantly, sexual discrimination has been held by the Supreme Court to include workplace sexual harassment. Additionally, Title VII prohibits retaliatory action by an employer toward individuals who act as whistleblowers in reporting Title VII violations. Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or transgender status is also prohibited under Title VII.

In order to determine whether you have a claim, your case should be reviewed by one of our Beaumont lawyers as soon as possible. You may be entitled to money damages or other forms of relief. Here are some examples of cases in which you may have a Title VII claim:

  • If you are fired from a job and there is evidence that the firing may be racially motivated
  • If you are sexually harassed at work and your efforts to resolve the situation internally are ignored
  • If you report a discriminatory situation or practice internally or externally and there is retaliatory action taken against you
  • If you are treated differently than others for advancement purposes and the differential treatment is motivated by some discriminatory purpose

Section 1983 representation

Section 1983 was passed in the aftermath of the Civil War in response to continued discrimination against African-Americans by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. The law creates a cause of action (a basis for a lawsuit) against people who, under color of law, deprive or allow the deprivation of another’s constitutionally guaranteed rights, privileges or immunities. That means you can sue a person who is acting under the apparent authority of the state (for example, the police) if they deprive you of constitutional rights. Here are some situations where you may have a 1983 claim:

  • The police search your house and destroy your property without a warrant or probable cause
  • The police use unreasonable force when questioning or detaining you
  • You are denied medical treatment while in police or state custody
  • You are arrested while exercising your constitutional right to free speech

Protect your civil rights with an experienced Beaumont civil rights attorney

If you feel that you have had an encounter with an employer or a state official that fits into one of the categories described here, call today to speak to one of our experienced Beaumont civil rights lawyers. We are conveniently located in downtown Beaumont, at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Broadway, and have weekend appointments available upon request. You can reach us immediately at 409.212.9994 409.234.1609 or contact us online.