‘Civil rights’ is a term frequently used by many, but few understand its concept. ‘Civil Rights’ is defined as the right of an individual to get same treatment in any department. Basically, whether it is education, job, or any other form of setting, a person should not be discriminated because of his/her caste, color, gender, disability and religion.
This was introduced to ensure security and freedom of every individual, freedom of speech, thought and expression. This right allows a person to be protected from discrimination in terms of physical and mental disability, national origin, immigration status, age, race, and religion, etc.
Violation of civil rights occurs frequently in schools, colleges and at corporate level. Prejudice and discrimination is common in society. Whether it is bullying in school or promotion in offices, when this happens it impacts the community negatively. This is not only disobedience of civil rights but also challenges our capability to maintain law and order.
In America, civil rights started by Martin Luther King, has brought a lot of changes. The Civil Rights Act in 1964 and also The Voting Rights Act in 1965 signed by President Lyndon Johnson, has made countless efforts in bringing America back on track.
Gary Ostrow, who is a lawyer at Ft. Lauderdale has tried more than 500 cases. He has also served as judge, and has a strong history as an attorney. He defines violation of civil rights with few examples –
- Discrimination at work because of gender. Also, unable to find a house due to gender, religion, race or origin.
- Searches that aren’t required, even if an official agency asks you to show something, it doesn’t mean you will have to do so.
- If there are any brutal or unusual punishments you can always fight against it.
- If you are abused by any official.
Although there are many more examples, these are few which happen most frequently and if you are a sufferer then you would like to appoint a lawyer.
Here are few things that you can do when your civil rights are violated –
- You can talk to ACLU, NAACP, ACLJ, these organizations can take up your case or show you the right direction.
- You can also discuss with your family and friends for references of good lawyer who can guide you properly.
- The moment you are violated, you need to take immediate action because the statutes are limited for violations.
- Prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask and take free advice from law firms. You can also meet lawyers in court who can assist you for free.
- Finally, after getting all the information about the defined lawyer, you can ask for their experienced records. This will give you assurance and satisfaction.
There are many reasons for which people visit court to fight for their rights. Hardly any case enters the courtroom. Most of them are settled outside. It is the most difficult part of practice and the court generally makes amendments in these rights. Therefore, before deciding yourself if you’re a victim, always refer to a source.