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Civil Rights

Attorneys at Sidkoff, Pincus & Green are highly knowledgeable about civil rights law, and experienced in filing civil rights lawsuits. Our civil rights practice areas include employment discrimination, constitutional law and police officer misconduct.

 What constitutes civil rights?

Civil rights are enforceable rights or privileges granted to individuals by the Constitution and federal/state laws. Examples of civil rights include: freedom of speech, the right to vote, the right to practice religion, etc. Civil rights laws also protect against discrimination based on a person’s race, sex, religion, age, national origin, and in some cases, sexual orientation.

Civil Rights Claims against State Actors

A plaintiff may bring a civil rights claim against a party acting under state authority through 42 U.S.C. § 1983, which grants individuals the right to sue a state official acting under state authority who denied that individual of any right, privilege, or immunities granted by the laws and Constitution.

To prevail on a § 1983 claim, a plaintiff must prove: 1. a person subjected plaintiff to conduct that occurred under color of state law, and 2. this conduct deprived plaintiff of rights, privileges, or immunities guaranteed under federal law or the Constitution.

Sidkoff, Pincus & Green’s experience and approach to civil rights litigation

Our firm is dedicated to helping innocent victims of police brutality, excessive force, wrongful arrest, wrongful taser use, unreasonable searches and seizures, and unlawful discrimination in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, and education. Sidkoff, Pincus & Green’s dedicated and empathetic trial attorneys are available to advise individuals who have been deprived of their constitutional rights or were subjected to discrimination in the workplace or elsewhere.

 At the Law Offices of Sidkoff, Pincus & Green, our experienced Pennsylvania and New Jersey attorneys handle many types of legal matters, including civil rights litigation. If you are interested in having a consultation with one of our Philadelphia Business Lawyers, please call us at 215-574-0600 or contact us online.