Protecting your civil rights is very important, but if you’re not quite sure what your civil rights are, you wouldn’t be the first to ask. Civil rights include the right to be free from discrimination based on protected features, the right to practice any religion you choose and the right to free speech. Americans are also given rights such as the freedom of the press, the right to a trial by jury, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government.
In fact, there are many rights granted to the American people, and it’s smart to be informed about them. Your civil rights are centered around protecting you and helping you be treated as an equal citizen in this country.
How are civil rights protected?
Most civil rights are guaranteed through federal legislation including:
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Age Discrimination Act of 1975
- The Fair Housing Act
- And many others.
Is there a difference between civil rights and civil liberties?
Yes. Civil rights center around your right to being treated equally and being protected against unfair treatment. Civil liberties are generally broader, protecting certain freedoms at the federal level such as the right to free speech, privacy or to vote.
Whether it’s your civil rights or civil liberties that have been violated, it is your right to pursue legal action. This situation could be complicated, so it’s important to work with an experienced teammate who knows the law well. Our site has more on what to do if your rights have been violated.