The California Civil Rights Code, for example, includes the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which protects everyone in the Golden State from suffering discrimination by businesses due to race, nationality, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, gender orientation, etc.
Furthermore, the Unruh Civil Rights Act states that:
All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.
And that the law:
… shall not be construed to confer any right or privilege on a person that is conditioned or limited by law or that is applicable alike to persons of every sex, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status, or to persons regardless of their genetic information.
But California also provides you with further civil rights protections by charging any violators with crimes if their actions have harmed or threatened you.
While civil rights violations can occur via countless scenarios, getting the justice you deserve after such an unfortunate incident is possible with help of a McKenzie Scott attorney.
We’ve helped victims of civil rights violations secure justice in the form of maximum damages awards, including a recent $85 million record-setting verdict for a tragic police wrongful death incident.
If you’ve experienced a civil rights violation, the California statute of limitations (deadline) for filing a tort claim is often only six months from the date of the incident. This means that if your civil rights have been violated by a state or local law enforcement entity, you typically have only six months from the date of the violation occurring to file a claim and preserve the right to file a civil lawsuit for damages.
Accordingly, the McKenzie Scott team of civil rights lawyers encourages all victims to contact us as soon as possible following a violation to ensure that your opportunity at justice is preserved and your claim is not barred by the statute of limitations.
For federal civil rights claims, the statute of limitations may be longer – sometimes up to two years from the date of an incident. But the Federal Tort Claims Act also has tort-claim requirements that can affect statutes of limitations.
The interplay between tort claims, statutes of limitations, and individual versus government defendants is complex and fact-specific. They also depend on the circumstances of your individual civil rights violation and particular causes of action. Accordingly, the varying nature of federal civil rights claim filing deadlines means you should reach out to the team of attorneys at McKenzie Scott for a case evaluation as soon as possible following your civil rights violation.
At McKenzie Scott, our team of social justice warriors has the experience, dedication, and proven results you need. Our civil rights attorneys at have been fighting for decades to protect the little guy, and our results speak for themselves.
Civil matters are almost always performed on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only earn a fee after successfully recovering a settlement or verdict for your case.
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