Protection of individual civil rights and civil liberties are some of the most foundational values in our society. That “all men are created equal” is as fundamental to America as it gets. But we see each day, in the media, in the streets, and frequently in our own neighborhoods, that civil rights and civil liberties are often dependent on the context of what religion you practice, the color of your skin, your gender, or your sexual orientation. Despite our founding principles of equality, the reality is often quite different.
From police brutality and misconduct to the unfair disparity in the criminal justice system itself, we see how discrimination works on the ground, in the real streets and government hallways of America. At the Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C., our experienced New York civil rights lawyers know that it is not only morally wrong, but it is legally wrong. Civil rights and liberties should not only apply to the fortunate and advantaged. They belong to every one of us. That is why we practice law.
Many civil rights statutes have been enacted over the years. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the most well-recognized federal law that we have, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, color, or national origin. The state of New York investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of civil rights complaints every day.
And yet, violations to civil rights were among the most frequently filed injury claims in New York City in 2019, with 1,435 claims filed in that year alone. Federal civil rights claims increased by 7 percent over the period between March 2018 and March 2019. Unfortunately, many are still fighting for the same rights legally afforded to them in 1964, over fifty years later.
Throughout history, the civil rights of individuals have continued to be hard fought and won. And yet, even when the law grants those rights, individuals are still fighting for them each day. Fortunately, when the systems have failed some individuals, we still have the laws to support what is right and legal and hold others accountable.
Civil rights laws ensure our basic freedoms under both federal law and New York law. Discrimination against an individual based on something they have no control over is fundamentally protected by law, such as:
Especially when the very governmental authorities that we rely on to uphold our laws fail in this regard, it often requires the diligence of an experienced civil rights attorney in New York to hold these individuals or authorities accountable.
When you feel that your rights have been violated in New York, getting the guidance and assistance of a skilled New York civil rights lawyer is paramount. Wherever there is an inherent difference in the way the rules are applied, we are there to hold them to the rule of law, particularly as they concern basic human rights.
At the Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of ALL New Yorkers, seeking recovery for those who have suffered at the hands of law enforcement or others. With us, your case does not get lost in a sea of other “more important” cases. You are the only important case to you and we recognize that.
Going up against law enforcement and other forms of government will always feel daunting and, unfortunately, our system of abuse has thrived because of it. Many simply felt the system was rigged against them and decided the system afforded them no power. This has left us with the abuses that we see today that happen all too frequently.
Here at the Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C., our team of civil rights lawyers in New York diligently pursue discrimination wherever it happens, whether in the school system, the workplace, a law enforcement agency, or the prison system. In this country, under our laws, you have the right to be treated lawfully and respectfully with the same rights as every other American.
With our team in your corner, you have the skilled representation you deserve to ensure that your legal rights are not only being considered but diligently fought for. From police brutality to unfair conditions in the criminal justice system, if your rights have been violated, you deserve someone to fight for you. Contact us to understand how we can help.