We Help You Enforce Your Civil Rights

As a citizen of the United States, you are federally protected from unfair discriminatory action on the part of your government, prospective or present employers, and providers of housing and education. Despite clear progress against discriminatory practices in the 20th century, the reality is that these behaviors still exist in our day-to-day lives, and our civil rights are still violated at times.

Living in a tolerant civil society doesn’t mean tolerating racism, sexism, or other equally harmful acts of discrimination. If you live in Pennsylvania and you’ve been the victim of illegal discriminatory practices, or if you have questions regarding the scope of your guaranteed federal protections against these actions, don’t remain silent; contact a capable Pennsylvania attorney to defend your rights.

At Kalinoski Law Offices P.C., we represent individuals who have been subjected to discrimination based on legally protected characteristics such as age, race, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. Remember, discrimination can arise in a number of places – including employment, housing, lending, and education. Whatever the setting, you’re entitled to justice. Contact us today to learn more during a free and informative consultation at our Scranton office.

Discrimination in Public Places

Protection from discrimination goes beyond the realms of employment, lending, and education. Federal law also prohibits even privately-owned facilities offering food, lodging, gasoline or entertainment from discriminating against patrons based on race, color, religion, national origin, and disability.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also forbids discrimination in a wide range of places of public accommodation, including facilities that offer lodging, food, entertainment, sales or rental services, health care and other professional services, or recreation.

Courthouses, jails, parks, hospitals, and any other facilities owned and operated by state or local governments are also subject to these protections.

We have successfully recovered for our clients in cases involving discrimination in public places.

Police Brutality – 1983 Actions

Agents of law enforcement, legal process, and representatives of the state are subject to uphold these protections as well. Abuses by these agents that may be considered “actionable conduct” under Federal Civil rights laws include:

  • Racially motivated conduct
  • Warrantless arrests
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Abuse of process
  • Retaliatory prosecution
  • Excessive force and physical brutality
  • Use of deadly force
  • Strip searches and body cavity examinations
  • Denial of First Amendment rights
  • Denial of counsel
  • Denial of liberty without due process
  • Denial of fair trial
  • Denial of medical attention
  • Defamation
  • Failure to provide police protection
  • Conspiracies to violate civil rights
  • Interference with family relationships
  • Due process violations

If you were the victim of police misconduct or brutality during the course of an arrest or any other circumstance, contact Attorney Craig P. Kalinoski at (570) 207-4000. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and how we may be able to help.

We have successfully recovered for our clients in cases involving abuse by police.

We fight for the rights of our clients in a wide spectrum of practice areas, ranging from criminal defense to family law to civil rights and personal injury.

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