There are several forms of Civil Rights cases. From race discrimination to sexual harassment and fair housing rights violations, if you believe you have been the victim of a civil rights violation, you most likely have questions about your situation and your options. Following are several helpful resources outlining initial questions and steps to take if you believe that your civil rights have been violated.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.
Due process is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Due process provides protections for individuals in two ways: It requires certain procedural safeguards be in place when your fundamental rights (the right to life, liberty or property) are threatened. Legal proceedings must be carried out fairly. In some instances, the government is prohibited from interfering with certain fundamental rights regardless of the process used.
Describes what housing discrimination is and what you can do if it happens to you.
Anyone who believes that an educational institution that receives Federal financial assistance has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age, or who believes that a public elementary or secondary school, or State or local education agency has violated the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, may file a complaint. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group.
If government agents question you, it is important to understand your rights. You should be careful about what you say when approached by federal, state or local law enforcement officials. If you give answers, they can be used against you in a criminal, immigration, or civil case.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. All public and private schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds (“schools”) must comply with Title IX.* This publication will explain things you should know about your rights.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.People with HIV, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, are protected by the ADA.The ADA also protects persons who are discriminated against because they have a record of or are regarded as having HIV, or they have a known association or relationship with an individual who has HIV.
This web page describes what constitutes illegal discrimination.
Links Updated October 2020.