Civil Rights Violations

As a citizen of the United States, you are granted basic rights to political and social equality, known as your civil rights. Unlike human rights, which are acquired inherently through God or nature, civil rights are granted and guaranteed by our local, state and federal government. Because of this, civil rights must often be fought for by marginalized individuals as societal and cultural norms change over the years. 

If your civil rights have been violated by another citizen, your employer, or by a government official, you will need to consult an experienced civil rights violation lawyer. At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, fighting for the rights of our clients is more than just our job, it is our passion. We fight not only for fair and just compensation for our clients but will also make sure your case receives the public attention and support it deserves, to ensure that the fight for justice and equality in our country move forward. 

Civil rights violations include police brutality and misconduct

Police Brutality and Misconduct

Although African Americans are 13% of the population in the United States, they account for 32% of deaths due to police violence. Recent high profile cases have drawn national attention to this disparity in justice, such as the shootings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. But issues of police brutality and misconduct are not a new phenomenon in the country, and the fight for equal rights and protection under the law is an ongoing battle.

It can seem like an insurmountable task to bring litigation against a police force, but if you or a loved one have been a victim of police brutality or misconduct, the officers involved should be held accountable. Not only to provide you and your family with closure but to protect others from suffering as well.

On June 1st, Philadelphia Police tear-gassed peaceful protesters on 676

Racial Violence and Hate Crimes

Our nation has seen a dramatic and troubling rise in hate crimes, with levels the highest they have been in 16 years. The onset of the coronavirus has coincided with a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Hate crimes against African Americans have also soared at gatherings like the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, which culminated in a racially motivated beating that left the victim with a concussion and spinal injuries. 

Attacks against African Americans continue to be the most frequently reported hate crime  incidents related to racism, while anti-Semitic attacks in the US reached their highest levels ever in 2019. Latinos continue to experience an increase in racially motivated incidents, and the LGBTQ community has also seen a rise in hate crimes. All people deserve to live a life free from the fear of violence motivated by race, religion, or sexual orientation. 

Other Types of Civil Rights Violations:

Corporate discrimination –  If a store discriminates against a customer because they have a foreign accent, or due to their race, the customer can pursue legal options. 

Birth injuries – Black women in the United States have disproportionately high rates of deaths related to childbirth, due to barriers preventing them from obtaining quality health care. If you received negligent care during your pregnancy or childbirth due to racial discrimination, you have every right to seek legal counsel.

Discrimination and wrongful termination – Pennsylvanians have a right to be free from discrimination in the workplace based on race, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability

How Do We Hold Civil Rights Violators Liable?

We will carefully review the facts and circumstances of your case to determine if there were civil or criminal violations. Civil lawsuits can include claims for monetary damages and other types of relief. Criminal lawsuits occur when a prosecutor finds a crime has been committed, and victims may be entitled to monetary or punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and other remedies depending on what kind of violation occurred. 

Filing a civil or criminal lawsuit will require a serious commitment of time, effort and cooperation between you and your attorney. At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients, and go above and beyond to bring our clients justice. Our team of lawyers includes S. Lee Merritt Esq., who has received recognition as the one of the nation’s top activist attorneys by the National Bar Association, and one of the nations top civil rights attorneys by CNN. Contact our team today for a free and confidential consultation by filling out our form or by calling 1-866-869-5318.