Civil Rights Violations in Illinois

Dedicated personal injury litigators obtaining relief for victims who have had their civil rights violated in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Itasca, and Chicago.

Bias in America has an effect on each individual’s way of life. Implicit bias affects how an individual is perceived and treated in society. If you or your loved one have been the subject of bias and you believe there may be a claim for a civil rights violation, you may have a claim for relief. For a risk- free initial consultation, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today.

What are Actionable Claims?

Both Illinois and federal law prohibits certain types of discrimination. The laws are necessary to ensure that individuals are free from differential treatment for reasons that are often outside of their control. You or your loved one may have a claim for a civil rights violation if you have been subject to discrimination or unfair treatment and the discrimination was prohibited under federal or Illinois law. Civil rights protections prohibit discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, gender, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.

Common Scenarios Leading to Liability

Both business establishments and employers are commonly sued for civil rights violations.

A business establishment can be found liable for different treatment of customers. Starbucks has recently come under fire for two separate incidents of individuals claiming differential treatment on the basis of race. One incident occurred after two black male customers were arrested for allegedly refusing to leave the premises after a store manager said they had not made a purchase, although the customer indicated he was waiting for a friend before making the purchase. The other incident involved a store manager who refused to give a black male patron the bathroom code since he did not make a purchase. A video recording from that same location showed that a white male was given the access code to the bathroom without making a purchase. These are just a few examples of differential treatment on the basis of race. Different treatment on the basis of religion would include a business establishment prohibiting any customers from entering a premises while wearing a hijab.

Discrimination in the workplace is another large part of civil lawsuits based on violations of your rights. Some more common scenarios for which employers come under fire include differential treatment on the basis of race, gender, and disability. These types of lawsuits often occur when an employer denies an employee access to promotions or other opportunities solely because of his or her classification of race, gender, or a disability that does not prohibit the emloyee from completing the essential functions of the job. It also includes refusing to hire someone from a protected classification such as religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and nation of origin.

Contact Newland & Newland, LLP

If you or your loved one is trying to determine whether you are entitled to relief because you believe a civil rights violation occurred, you should meet with an experienced attorney. Our attorneys have experience in handling discrimination claims. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today.

  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL