Civil rights and what makes a good case in Denver, Colorado

One of the bedrocks of America is, at least in theory, the right of political and social freedom. This idea, that American citizens have unalienable rights, revolutionized the American experience, bringing millions of immigrants from all over the world to participate in opportunities that were previously unavailable. Unfortunately, even today, many Americans and Colorado residents have their basic constitutional rights infringed upon.

scales of justice and gavel and knowing your civil rightsIf you have had your rights violated, whether you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace or you’ve been abused by law enforcement, among other civil rights, you need to contact us. At the Civil Rights Litigation Group, we are one of Denver’s leading voices for victims of civil and constitutional rights abuses, and we have the tools and legal know-how to get your case to courts, litigate vigorously, and seek compensation for damages incurred.

Understanding constitutional rights in Colorado

Civil, or constitutional rights in the United States (and Colorado) are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment from unfair practices and discrimination. There are many laws aimed at protected certain individuals. The most famous protection is the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was a landmark civil rights and labor law that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In Colorado, the Colorado Civil Rights law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and marriage to a coworker. According to both federal and state laws, discrimination is illegal when it’s based on:

Elements of a civil rights case

You may have a case when another individual has discriminated against you in a protected setting, such as in an education setting, housing setting, or employment setting. For instance, if an employer has made a hiring/firing or employment decision based on the above-mentioned protections, you may certainly have a discrimination case.

Furthermore, civil rights abuses can occur in the following ways:

What you should do if you have a case

If you were the victim of a civil rights abuse, whether that was discrimination in the workplace, Constitutional Rights abuses, or police brutality, the first step is to contact an experienced attorney in Colorado. With in-depth knowledge of Colorado and federal civil rights laws, as well as experience representing individuals just like you in courts, an attorney can help you combat the abuse, seek justice, and possibly recover compensation for damages incurred.

Before starting a discrimination case, it’s important to note that you must file employment discrimination claims within six months of the alleged act; the deadline is one year for housing claims and 60 days for public accommodations claims. In many cases, your abuse claim will begin with filing an intake packet, which is reviewed by the Colorado Civil Rights Division.

Contact the Civil Rights Litigation Group today

No matter the circumstances, if you have had your rights violated, you need to take action and contact an attorney. Remaining silent solely promotes further discriminatory acts or abuses in the future; as such, filing a lawsuit can help you seek justice while preventing further abuses in the future.

There are deadlines to filing a civil rights claim, so don’t hesitate and contact Denver civil rights attorney Raymond K. Bryant at the Civil Rights Litigation Group today. For a free consultation, call us at 720-515-6165.

Yes, Denver inmates do have constitutional rights (but not all of them)

In Denver, and throughout Colorado, going to prison means forfeiting several rights. However, this doesn’t mean that Colorado inmates lacks basic human and Constitutional Rights. For instance, the U.S. Constitution protects prisoners from sexual abuse, cruel and unusual punishments, discrimination, and other types of abuse. The Constitution also states that prisoners have the right to complain about prison conditions, to access necessary medical and mental health care, and to ask for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Yes – Denver Inmates Do Have Constitutional Rights (But Not All Of Them)

Unfortunately, Denver inmates have been subject to abuse and rights violations before, and it’s essential to have a competent and experienced Denver civil rights attorney to stand by their side and hold responsible individuals accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one was a victim of rights violations in Colorado prisons or jails, call the Civil Rights Litigation Group today at 720-515-6165.

What rights do Colorado inmates have?

Historically speaking, prisoners were sometimes treated with as little dignity as possible, whereas some prisons turned a blind eye to abuse and extreme violence, sexual abuse and rape, forced labor, and so on. Even today, horror stories will occasionally come out of our nation’s prisons, illustrating institutionalized abuse and rights violations. The U.S. Constitution seeks to provide a humane way of imprisonment, and most prisoner’s rights laws relate to fundamental human rights and civil liberties.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most common Constitutional Rights that Denver inmates have:

  • Cruel and unusual punishment — The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, but the Amendment doesn’t specify exactly what cruel and unusual punishment entails. Generally, a cruel or unusual punishment involves abuse or torture, or anything violating a person’s dignity within discretion of the court.
  • Sexual harassment and abuse — All Colorado inmates have the right to be free from sexual abuse and harassment from both prison personnel and inmates.
  • Voice complaints about prison conditions — All prisoners have the right complain about prison conditions and voice their concerns to courts/
  • Disabled Prisoners — Disabled prisoners are entitled to reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Discrimination — Inmates have the right to be free of discrimination while imprisoned.
  • First Amendment Rights — Inmates can exercise their First Amendment right, such as freedom of speech and religion.
  • Medical and Mental Health Attention — When necessary, Colorado inmates are entitled to adequate medical care and mental health treatment.

What rights do Colorado inmates lose?

Although prisoners are entitled to a certain degree of Constitutional Rights, they still have strict limitations. Even prisoners’ First Amendment rights, and the exercise of those rights, cannot interfere with their status as inmates. Furthermore, inmates don’t typically have a right to privacy, and they can be subject to reasonable searches and seizures. Prisoners do retain Due Process rights, and prison staff cannot deliberately deprive them of their property; however, this doesn’t apply to contraband. Furthermore, prisoners are not often subject to minimum wage laws.

What to do if your inmate rights are violated

If you or a loved one is in prison and has suffered Constitutional Rights violations, it’s essential to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable civil rights attorney as soon as possible. Due to the “us vs. them” mentality between prison personnel and inmates in some Colorado prisons, these cases need the utmost care, professionalism, and timeliness. If facing abuse, a prisoner can bring up a lawsuit to protect their rights, obtain compensation for their injuries, and seek justice for the abuse and rights violations.

Contact the Civil Rights Litigation Group today

At the Civil Rights Litigation Group, we’ve remained diligent advocates for inmates’ rights for years. We take claims of prisoner abuse very seriously, and we provide vigorous and relentless representation for our clients. To speak with attorney Raymond K. Bryant about your case, call the Civil Rights Litigation Group in Denver today at (720) 515-6165.

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