Civil Rights

Civil rights law deals with the protections and liberties enjoyed by the American people. These rights are designed to ensure that people are treated equally and without respect to their ethnicity, gender, or other such attributes. They also guard against overly intrusive conduct by the government. Government actors are not permitted to make decisions arbitrarily, or to deprive individuals of their lives or property without affording them due process of law.

Colton Law has extensive experience representing clients across the United States in private rights of action for monetary damages pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Carrie Ann Colton files these claims against state entities and actors on behalf people who have suffered personal injuries, damages and death as victims of discrimination in all forms including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and civil rights violations by law enforcement such as false arrest or imprisonment, police brutality and malicious prosecution. Other civil rights include freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; women’s rights and the right to equality in public places.

Civil rights issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Unlawful search and seizure by the police
  • False arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution
  • Police brutality
  • Violations of free speech, freedom of association or political rights
  • Employment discrimination based on protected categories and classes such as gender, race, age, religion, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, and certain associations
  • Women’s rights