Civil Rights Lawyers

All citizens and even non-citizens have rights that govern the treatment they can expect at the hands of the authorities and other U.S. citizens. Unfortunately, too often these rights are denied at the whim of others. And when that happens, it can have a disproportionately damaging effect on that person, their family, and their entire community.

Civil rights violations can happen in the street or in the workplace, at the hands of a police officer or a store clerk. One thing these disparate situations have in common is a basic unfairness that too long ago was the standard treatment for great numbers of Americans.

At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we work to push our society forward by fighting for justice for those whose rights have been compromised for no good reason. When we take your case on, we stand up for the people who have suffered the same treatment in the past. And we stand up for people in the future, who may suffer such injustices unless we put a stop to them.

Civil Rights Cases We Take On

If you think you or a loved one’s civil rights have been violated, we want to hear about it. We will support you with knowledge of the law, and let you know if it’s a case that is winnable.

We take on a wide range of civil rights cases, including:

  • Arrests/Civil Violations During Protests: U.S. citizens have a right to assemble and make their displeasure heard. When their rights are violated during protests, much more is often at stake.
  • Birth Injuries Where Discrimination May Have Been a Factor: There are staggering differences in health outcomes between white women and women of color in childbirth.
  • Corporate Discrimination: Corporate discrimination can occur in the workplace — or as a product of discriminatory actions towards consumers.
  • Discrimination by Police During Traffic Stops: When drivers and passengers are targeted by police for something unrelated to driving, it may be a case of discrimination.
  • Injuries Sustained During Protests: Police presence at protests is in place to protect people — but too often it has the opposite effect.
  • Mentally Unstable Individuals Killed/Hurt by Police: Police are rarely trained in the techniques they need to effectively deescalate encounters with individuals in mental health crisis.
  • Police Brutality: Police brutality cases cover bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical and mental injuries, property damage and death.
  • Victims of Police Shootings: Even with increased attention, police killings have remained tragically constant. 

What Kinds of Discrimination Are People Protected From?

Under federal law, all U.S. citizens are protected from discrimination by a number of protected classes. Whether in the workplace or on the street, it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on any of the following factors:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Family status
  • Genetic information
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Veteran status

How Do Police Violate Civil Rights?

There is often a pattern of police violations of civil rights. What’s worse, the following techniques are illegal — yet sometimes tolerated by their departments:

  • Excessive use of force
  • False arrest
  • Illegal interrogation techniques
  • Inappropriate use of tools to subdue a subject, such as tasers
  • Racial profiling
  • Unjustifiable shooting
  • Wrongful imprisonment
Diorama of lunch counter sit-down protests at the National Civil Rights Museum.

When to Consult with a Lawyer Experienced in Discrimination

In the U.S., discrimination can be ingrained in our way of life. The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have been working for 30 years to make sure this is one day no longer the case.

Our team of lawyers includes civil rights star S. Lee Merritt, Esq., who runs a national practice focusing on victims of police brutality and hate crimes. Throughout his career, he has championed police reform and community empowerment. His office has led the way to reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, successfully advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years.

If you are a victim of discrimination or the family member of someone whose civil rights were compromised, contact our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today. Fill out our form or call us directly at 1-866-971-0019.