Michigan Civil Rights Attorneys
Have you been the victim of discrimination or otherwise had your civil rights violated? If so, contact the civil rights attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates today.
Just like anywhere else in the United States of America, Michigan residents are entitled to the protection of their civil and constitutional rights. Sometimes, however, someone’s individual rights are violated in such a way that legal action needs to be taken. You do not deserve to have any of your rights violated.
At the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates, our attorneys fight to ensure you get justice after having your civil rights violated. If you have been illegally discriminated against in housing, voting, employment, or other matters, contact our Michigan civil rights lawyers right away to learn about how our team can help you.
Michigan Civil Rights Law
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has one of the most important jobs in state government. It is often called to investigate alleged acts of discrimination. The MDCR also secures the equal protection of civil rights for citizens of the state. What many people fail to realize is that the state of Michigan was the first state in the country to include civil rights protections in its constitution in 1964.
If your civil rights have been violated, it is important that you seek the guidance of a knowledgeable civil rights attorney in Michigan. Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates have extensive knowledge of the statutes of rules created and enforced by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and we are dedicated to pursuing justice on your behalf whenever necessary.
Our lawyers will thoroughly research your case and enforce any applicable civil rights laws on your behalf. We will do whatever is necessary to prevent discrimination against you based on the laws that are clearly laid out and defined. Our Michigan civil rights attorneys get the results you need.
Civil Rights Laws
There are several civil rights laws on both the state and federal levels that are designed to solidify your inherent civil rights. These laws are designed to further provide a legal cause of action should one or more of your rights be violated.
Some of the most significant laws in the United States include:
Civil Rights Act of 1964: This landmark statute signifies a major victory of the civil rights movement in the United States. This federal law was designed to prohibit discrimination that is based on a person’s sex, religion, color, race, or national origin. This law further bans unequal voter registration requirements. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws segregation in schools as well as segregation in employment and other public accommodations.
Voting Rights Act of 1965: This federal law provides all United States citizens with the right to vote. This law further states that no one could be denied the right to vote based on their color, race, or any other previous condition of servitude.
Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Act is commonly referred to as the Civil Rights Act of 1968. This law provides individuals with protection against discrimination in relations to sales, brokerage services, renting, and other real estate transactions. A person cannot have their rental application or a purchase offer denied based on their sex, race, national origin, color, or religion.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504: This law provides that any entity or program that receives any federal funding is prohibited from discriminating against any person based on their disability.
Age Discrimination Act of 1975: This law is designed to protect any person against being discriminated against due to their age by any program or entity that receives any amount of funding from the federal government.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967: ADEA protects job applicants and all employees who are over the age of 40 from being discriminated when it comes to hiring, compensation, promotions, terms and conditions of their employment and discharge.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: The ADA provides that it is illegal to discriminate against any individual who has a disability. This prohibits discrimination in all and any aspects of public life, including transportation, education, and employment.
In addition to federal protection, Michiganders are fully protected under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which is defined under Michigan Compiled Laws Section 37.2101. This law prohibits all and any discriminatory practices, policies, or customs in regard to a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, height, weight, familial status, or their marital status. This law further ensures that any records regarding an arrest, detention, or other disposition that do not result in a conviction remain confidential.
Michigan also has the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act and Public Acts 144, 145, 146, and 147. These laws allow and regulate service dogs and prevent people from being discriminated against or denied housing or services based on their needs.
If you feel that your civil rights were violated, you need to act quickly to protect your legal rights. Contact our civil rights lawyers in Michigan as soon as possible.
Recognizing Civil Rights Violations
Civil rights are truly the rights that are guaranteed to us to ensure we are able to freely participate in everyday politics and life without any negative repercussions against us. In fact, both government agencies and private organizations are prohibited by infringing upon these very rights. Unfortunately, we continue to see people subjected to civil rights violations every day in our state.
According to rules established by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, any claims of alleged discrimination must be made within 180 days of the incident. Claims that are reported must be based on at least one of the following factors:
- Arrest record
- Genetic information
- National origin
- Marital status
If you believe that your civil rights have been violated, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of a skilled Michigan civil rights attorney right away. Our lawyers can get to work immediately on building your case and fighting to get you justice. Our team at the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates offers free consultations to all prospective clients. Contact our law firm today so we can discuss your case and the legal options available for you.
Constitutional Rights Lawyers Serving the State of Michigan
At the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates, with offices in White Lake, we take pride in standing up for those whose constitutional rights have been violated. Our attorneys have substantial experience seeking justice against prosecutors, jailors, wardens, city and state agencies, as well as law enforcement agencies that may be liable for taking away the constitutional rights of members of the community in Michigan. Many laws extend constitutional rights–such as the right to be free from discrimination in the workplace–to hold employers accountable
Our Michigan civil rights attorneys passionately protect the civil and constitutional rights of individuals in Michigan, regardless of what type of representation they need. Some of the forms of the violations we fight to obtain justice include:
- Workplace discrimination
- Police brutality/police misconduct
- Jail and prison misconduct or injuries
- False arrest or imprisonment
- Unlawful confinement
- Illegal and improper searches
- Sexual assault
- Sexual discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Malicious prosecution
- Handicap discrimination
- Freedom of speech
- Whistleblowing retaliation
- Employment rights
- Employment retaliation
- Malicious prosecution
- School rights
- Land/housing rights
Civil and constitutional rights provide protection for your freedom of speech, as well as freedom of the press. They also offer you protection from discrimination that may occur due to your race, age, ethnicity, religion etc. Whether it’s from an employer, credit agency, municipality or other government agency, your rights must be protected. Contacting an experienced civil rights attorney is crucial. Do you feel your constitutional rights have been violated? Contact the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates to request a free case evaluation today.
Have You Been Subjected to Police Brutality?
All police officers in Michigan take an oath that they will protect and serve all of the citizens that they represent. However, we have witnessed countless instances of police brutality nationwide over the past few years. Here in Michigan, we see many people abused, falsely detained, and subjected to other types of police brutality. Although police officers are enforcers of the laws of our state, they are not above them. If they violate your civil rights, they should be held to account.
Our lawyers will make sure that you get the justice you deserve after being the victim of police brutality. Our civil rights lawyers in Michigan will fight diligently to ensure your legal rights and best interests are truly reflected and protected every step of the way.
Are You a Victim of Employment Discrimination?
The state of Michigan has a long history of strong organized labor. Both state and federal laws often safeguard the employers and do little to protect the workers. If a person is subjected to discrimination at their place of employment, they are usually required to go through heavy obstacles before they are even able to bring a lawsuit against their employer to enforce their civil rights.
This can make it extremely challenging for employees who are forced to deal with hostile work environments, those who have been wrongfully terminated, and others who are dealt with adverse employment actions. A Michigan civil rights attorney at Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates can help you protect your legal rights.
It is the right of every American under the United States Constitution and other laws established throughout the United States that certain civil rights and civil liberties of individuals to be protected by law. At the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates, we will fight to protect these rights.
What Should You Do if Your Civil Rights are Violated?
If your civil rights are violated, you can benefit greatly by reaching out to our skilled and fearless civil rights attorneys in Michigan as soon as possible. Our lawyers will review your situation and determine whether your civil rights have been violated under state or federal law. Our lawyers will perform an intricate analysis to determine if you have a valid legal claim to pursue.
During the analysis, our lawyers will determine who may have violated your civil rights. We will determine whether they are a private business or a government entity. This critical distinction will determine what course of action you are able to take. Although private businesses are afforded more freedoms, when compared to government agencies, they are not free to discriminate.
After our lawyers determine that a violation occurred, we will help you enforce your rights. We will file an administrative complaint, or claim, on your behalf with the proper government agency. After filing the complaint, the agency will begin an investigation into your allegations. There are some instances, such as those surrounding police brutality, the case will be filed with a law enforcement agency. If you were subjected to workplace harassment or some type of employment discrimination, you can file a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
If the agency determines that a violation occurred, it can issue an opinion and may attempt to facilitate a resolution that reflects your best interests. However, it is important to understand that an administrative complaint may not end in your favor. If this occurs, our lawyers are prepared to take your claim to court and file a civil rights lawsuit.
If you are not required to pursue a resolution through the administrative process, you may be free to file a lawsuit immediately. Our lawyers may recommend this step based on the circumstances surrounding your claim. Our Michigan civil rights attorneys will review the appropriate jurisdiction and begin drafting your petition. We will stand by your side in court and fight to make sure justice is served.
There are instances where your lawsuit will go to trial. However, a lot of companies and government agencies like to avoid lengthy court battles. Instead, many civil rights claims are resolved through settlement offers so you can recover compensation.
If you believe your civil rights were violated, do not wait to take action. Contact our Michigan civil rights attorneys at Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates as soon as possible. Our lawyers will meet with you and discuss your case at your earliest convenience.
Turn to Lawyers Who are Willing to Fight for Your Rights
Our Michigan civil rights attorneys take our work very seriously. We are committed to helping people across Michigan get justice after having their civil rights violated. Time and time against we have witnessed countless people harmed by discriminatory practices and we have truly had enough. Our lawyers are committed to fighting to ensure each of our clients is able to have the same freedoms, access, and experiences as every other Michigander.
Our Michigan civil rights attorneys will investigate your claim and build the strongest case imaginable to get you the results you expect. If you or a loved one was subjected to employment or housing discrimination, any type of police brutality or malicious prosecution, or another nature of civil rights discrimination, we are ready to get to work for you. Contact a Michigan civil rights attorney at (248) 886-8650 for a free case evaluation.
Our lawyers are available to meet with you at your earliest convenience. No matter where you are in Michigan, we are available to protect your rights. We serve communities throughout Michigan, including the towns of White Lake, Flint, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Lansing, and Bay City.