Before you can tell if your civil rights have been violated, you need to understand what your civil rights are. The United States government protects many rights of its citizens. Interfering with those civil rights is a violation of the law and creates a situation where you can seek compensation from those who hurt you.
Knowing your rights is important. Most laws that regulate civil rights are federal. These include laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Voting Right Act of 1965.
Are civil rights and civil liberties the same?
No, though your civil liberties are also protected. Civil rights are different because they protect certain characteristics. For example, they protect you against discrimination based on your gender, disability or age. Civil liberties are different because they are guaranteed by the Constitution and other federal laws. These include fundamental rights like freedom of speech or the right to privacy.
What should I do if my rights have been violated?
If you believe that your rights have been violated, it's important to speak with your attorney right away. Your civil rights and liberties are protected, and you should not have to deal with harassment, discrimination or other issues that violate your given rights.
Our site has more about what to expect if you are dealing with a violation of your civil rights. With the right support, it's possible to hold others accountable for their discriminatory or hurtful behaviors, so you can get back to living a successful life.