Civil Rights Attorneys in NC Who Will Fight for You
No one deserves to have their civil rights violated. Everyone deserves to feel safe, free from harassment, and protected.
Your civil rights include your right to equal opportunities and equal protection under the law, regardless of your race, religion, or other personal characteristics.
Civil rights laws were created to guarantee your right to receive equal treatment, and they generally prohibit the government from discriminating against you in law enforcement, education, employment, housing, lending, voting, and more.
Unfortunately, people have their civil rights violated every day. Civil rights attorneys help individuals fight back against city, county, state, and federal institutions, organizations, and people who violate those rights. If you believe you have been the victim of a civil rights violation, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the harm you have suffered.
Our civil rights attorneys in NC have a history of helping people and fighting to protect their rights. We led a team of attorneys in one of the largest civil rights cases in U.S. history, “Pigford II,” which resulted in a $1.25 billion settlement1 for tens of thousands of Black farmers who suffered discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our commitment to protecting civil rights was summarized by our firm Founder and CEO, James S. Farrin.
“We have good, talented people; advanced systems to handle large, complex cases; and a history of meeting and exceeding the challenges set in front of us. Pigford II demonstrated our will to overcome obstacles and fight for our clients.”
Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today for a free case evaluation. Our civil rights violation lawyers know how to fight to protect their clients’ rights.
What Is a Civil Rights Attorney?
Civil rights attorneys focus on trying to ensure that people are given equal and fair treatment. They work with individuals and groups who have been unfairly discriminated against at work or in society based on personal characteristics, such as:
- Marital status
- National origin
Civil rights attorneys seek to uphold the state and federal laws designed to protect you from discrimination and harassment.
What Does a Civil Rights Attorney Do?
Civil rights attorneys advocate for their clients’ civil rights. Their responsibilities on a case may include:
- Providing objective advice to clients
- Conducting research and analysis of claims
- Filing a complaint in State or Federal court
- Preparing and conducting discovery
- Representing clients in court
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our civil rights violation attorneys start by listening to your story first. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
What Are the Different Types of Civil Rights Cases We Can Help You With?
Our civil rights lawyers in NC fight to protect clients’ rights against violations of the following major civil rights laws (amongst others):
- Civil Rights Act – Prohibits discrimination in public accommodations and federally funded programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex
- Equal Credit Opportunity Act – Prohibits discrimination in the issuance of credit on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or if you get public assistance
- Fair Housing Act – Prohibits housing discrimination (regarding sale, rental, or financing) on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or whether you have children under the age of 18
- Age Discrimination Act – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance
- Americans with Disabilities Act – Prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and public and private places that are open to the general public
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex
- Equal Pay Act – Prohibits discriminatory pay in the workplace based on gender
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act – Prohibits discrimination at work based on age for those who are 40 years of age or older
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act – Prohibits discrimination at work based on pregnancy
- Fair Labor Standards Act – Prohibits requiring work without pay or misclassifying employees to avoid paying overtime
What Are Civil Rights Cases Worth?
Every civil rights case is different, and there is no up-front, easy answer to the “How much is my case worth” question. Depending on the specifics of your case, there are two general categories of potential damages for victims of civil rights violations:
- Economic damages such as lost wages (past and future)
- Exemplary damages which are meant to punish and deter the one(s) who violated your civil rights
Obtaining maximum damages for the harms and losses you have suffered is the goal of our North Carolina civil rights attorneys. Sometimes this amount is negotiated outside the court, but we may recommend you take your case to trial. Our experienced litigation team is ready to help you fight for your rights.
How Much Does a Civil Rights Attorney Cost? Can I Afford One?
Attorney’s hourly fees may range from $200 to $750 depending on the type of case, as well as the experience level, reputation, location, and practice area of the attorney. If you work with a civil attorney and agree to pay an hourly fee, you may end up paying more than you anticipated if the case lasts a long time.
You can afford a civil rights lawsuit attorney who operates on a contingency fee basis, like we do at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.2 This type of fee structure means there are no up-front costs, which allows you access to legal counsel without having to pay significant hourly expenses. Instead, the attorney’s fee is a designated percentage of any award received at the conclusion of the case.
At our firm, we offer the contingency fee option and will also consider hourly fees, set fees, or a hybrid of all of the above fee structures.
How Do I Know if My Civil Rights Have Been Violated?
If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be a victim of a civil rights violation:
- Were you wrongfully charged, harassed, or convicted by law enforcement?
- Have you been denied entry to place of business because of your race, religion, or sexual preference?
- Was your housing application turned down because of your small children or a physical or mental handicap?
- Were you fired from your job because you were pregnant or too old?
- Has a business ever asked you to leave because of your sexual identity or skin color?
- Has a bank or credit union denied your credit application because you are single?
These are just a few examples of the many ways civil rights may be violated every day. If you are unsure if your civil rights have been violated, contact a North Carolina civil rights attorney today and ask. At our firm, the initial case evaluation is free.
What Does the Black Farmers Case Teach Us About Civil Rights Cases?
Civil rights attorneys often have to dig deep when fighting for the rights of the downtrodden. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin demonstrated this grit and determination when it led one of the largest civil rights cases in American history. For years, the USDA discriminated against Black farmers in its loan and assistance programs, earning it the nickname “the Last Plantation.” Our firm led the civil rights case against the USDA, which culminated in a $1.25 billion settlement for Black farmers.1
But this case was actually the second class action lawsuit against the USDA. The first lawsuit, led by others, failed to include tens of thousands of Black farmers in the claims process. oversaw numerous teams across the U.S. to ensure that every one of the 100,000 potential claimants was given a chance to meet in person with an attorney and file a claim – all within a six-month timeframe.
In addition to solving the claims process issues, leaders in our firm campaigned tirelessly to motivate Congress and the White House to appropriate funding for the $1.25 billion settlement1, often financing a majority of the demonstrations and rallies.
So what did we learn from this case? We learned that hard work and determination can make a significant difference. Ask the tens of thousands of Black farmers whose civil rights were violated by the government and who finally received this historic settlement.1 We continue to tackle civil rights cases today with the knowledge that our dedication and perseverance may make all the difference.
Where Are Civil Rights Lawsuits Filed?
Civil rights lawsuits are usually filed in federal court. North Carolina has three federal district courts:
- Eastern District
- Middle District
- Western District
However, if you are challenging a violation of your rights under the North Carolina Constitution, it would fall under the jurisdiction of the state court in the county where the violation took place.
Find a Civil Rights Lawyer in North Carolina Who Fights to Make Difference
Our civil rights violation attorneys are dedicated towards protecting your right to receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against where you learn, work, and live. Several of our lawyers have 30+ years of experience fighting for clients, and they pair this work experience with a passion for justice.