Civil Rights Violations

Palm Beach Civil Rights Attorney

Each United States citizen enjoys particular rights and privileges. None of us should have to suffer the humiliation and disrespect of a civil rights violation. When your civil rights are infringed, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and to be compensated for your suffering.

If you are a hate crime victim, a victim of employment discrimination, or if you’ve endured some other civil rights violation, speak at once with an experienced Palm Beach Civil Rights Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. We represent victims in Palm Beach County and throughout the state of Florida. We have three decades of experience fighting for victims of civil rights violations that include:

  • Job discrimination based on race, age, gender, nationality, religion, or orientation
  • Hate speech and hate crimes
  • Police brutality and misconduct
  • Human trafficking
  • Interference with the right to exercise religious practices
  • Vandalism or destruction of religious property
  • Voter suppression or interfering with someone’s right to vote
  • Use of force to block access to a health care facility


One of the most common types of civil right cases in South Florida is job discrimination. Employees are protected against discrimination in the workplace by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Thanks to these laws, employers are not allowed to make any hiring, firing or job-related decisions based solely on someone’s race, color, age, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

Discrimination can be difficult for employees to prove. How can you show that the only reason you were passed on for a promotion was because of the color of your skin? It is almost a guarantee that if you file a claim against your employer, they will have a team of attorneys ready to fight back against the allegations. You should never attempt to file a claim and recover compensation from an employer without the help of a Palm Beach civil rights attorney. As soon as you have suffered discrimination in the workplace, contact an experienced attorney right away. There’s no time to waste in these cases, so the sooner that you have an attorney defending your rights, the better.

Employers will be held liable if it is discovered that discrimination is occurring in their workplace, unless they can prove that they weren’t aware of it happening or made a reasonable effort to put an end to it as soon as possible. Once you have filed a claim, you are protected against retaliation by your employer. If an employer tries to retaliate against you because you reported their discriminatory behavior, you can file a complaint against the employer.


Hate crimes occur when the accused commits a crime and selects the victim of the crime based solely on who the victim is, for example, because of their sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or race. These crimes are punished harshly–and rightly so–because of the harm that they do to society as a whole.

The key to proving that you were the victim of a hate crime is to show the defendant’s motivation for committing the crime. An attorney must prove that the defendant was motivated because of the victim’s protected status and not because of other factors.  The crime would still be punishable if it was not motivated by the victim’s protected status, but it would not be considered a hate crime. To do so, you must prove that the defendant first of all knew that the victim was part of a protected class, and then prove that the defendant was motivated by this knowledge to commit the crime. This can be difficult to prove without the help of an experienced Palm Beach civil rights attorney. If you or a loved one has been victimized in a hate crime, don’t hesitate to contact a Palm Beach civil rights attorney to begin working on your case.


With 30 years of experience, our civil rights attorneys know well that the longterm impact of a civil rights violation can be shattering and traumatic. Our lawyers will be able to assess your case and determine whether your civil rights were violated and advise you whether or not you should pursue legal action. For example, in the case of job discrimination, an experienced Palm Beach civil rights attorney will be able to determine first, whether you belong to a protected class or not. Then, an attorney can examine the facts of the case and figure out if the employer did in fact take adverse action against you because of your protected status. Without a knowledgeable attorney on your side, it would be difficult to prove that a civil rights violation actually occurred.

While no two cases are alike, our priority is ensuring that victims of civil rights violations obtain adequate compensation; we may also seek punitive damages to “teach a lesson” to the perpetrator(s). Our attorneys will tirelessly defend your civil rights and fight for the maximum compensation available to ensure that the defendant never violates another individual’s rights again.

When you are represented by a Palm Beach Civil Rights Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, we’ll keep you fully updated about your case. We help you understand how the civil rights laws affect your particular circumstances, and we help you to make the legal choices that are best for you and your future. We aggressively defend your dignity as well as your rights.


We never charge a fee until you have the compensation you need. If you are the victim of a hate crime, employment discrimination, or any civil rights violation in Palm Beach County or the state of Florida, speak to an experienced Palm Beach civil rights attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin today. Call us at 561-557-4546 to schedule a free consultation, or complete the form on our Contact Page and take your first step toward justice.

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