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Practice Areas

Civil Rights & Discrimination

Employees’ Rights

In America, employees have a right to be judged on how well they do their jobs rather than what they look like, how old they are, what disabilities they have or who they associate with.  We focus on ensuring that employees are not discriminated against because of who they are or retaliated against for trying to prevent a violation of law or public policy.  We practice in all areas of discrimination, including race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and family status.  We represent whistleblowers who have tried to prevent illegal actions or discrimination by their employers.  We also represent employees in protecting their rights to care for their family and be free from discrimination because of medical conditions or a disability.  We represent employees who have been denied overtime or minimum wage, or have not been paid at the correct rate.  We represent private and governmental employers in state and federal court.  We negotiate severance packages.  Our attorneys have significant experience in this area.  For example, Maurice McLaughlin has been widely published in this area and teaches employment law at the graduate level.

Housing Discrimination

Both state and federal civil rights laws prevent discrimination in housing -- “redlining” is illegal and should be a thing of the past.  We represent those who have been denied the home of their choice because of who they are.

Governmental Violations of Civil Rights

The firm makes use of both the Federal Civil and State Rights Acts to ensure that the government does not violate people’s civil rights.  While much of this litigation focuses on excessive force by police officers, it can also result from many other governmental actions, including denial of contracts, discriminatory zoning, prohibition of free speech, infringement on people’s freedom of religion, denial of due process, and many other matters. 

Examples of our attorneys’ experience includes:

  • Litigation of many cases, including many to trial, for racial, gender, disability and sexual orientation discrimination and harassment.
  • Litigation of many cases for “whistleblower” retaliation, including both wrongful termination and harassment, under both state and federal law.
  • Representing public and private employees for claims for denial of overtime and benefits.
  • Litigation of many police excessive force claims.
  • Violation of public employees’ free speech, due process and equal protection rights.
  • Suits against police officers and prison officials for wrongful arrest and excessive force.

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