Civil Rights

The rights afforded to individuals are enshrined in our laws and the Constitution. Often times these rights are taken for granted and may only be appreciated when they have been infringed upon. The law provides protection from many forms of discrimination. Unfortunately, legal action may be required in order to end unlawful discriminatory practices.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most comprehensive civil rights legislation since the Civil War, prohibits discrimination in public accommodations (hotels, restaurants, government facilities, etc.), access to the ballot box, and federally-funded programs. Although progress has been made, according to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, African Americans and Latinos are more likely to live in segregated communities and to face stark resulting disparities in areas including housing, health, education, employment, and criminal justice.

Other laws provide other rights and protections. These include the Equal Pay Act of 1963, The Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Here in Florida, the Florida Civil Rights Act provides some protections that are not included in the federal Civil Rights Act. These include marital status discrimination, discrimination based on “disability’ or “handicap”, and discrimination based on a person’s real or perceived HIV or AIDS status.

Helping Florida Victims of Discrimination or Unfair Treatment Take Action

Attorney Mark Elliott concentrates his practice on protecting the civil rights of individuals in Central Florida who need a strong advocate willing to take their cause to court.

Discrimination based on membership in a protected group can take many forms.

  • Suggesting or openly stating a preference for members of a certain group in a housing classified.
  • Excluding potential voters who are African American or Latino, or a particular national origin, from participating in elections.
  • Denying certain individuals fair access to public accommodations, including hotels, restaurants, or public facilities because of their religion.
  • Paying female employees - with the same qualifications, in the same position as male employees - lower salaries.

When discrimination interferes with an individual's fair and equal access to the necessities of life, including home, work, and recreation, the only recourse may be legal action.

Resources for Florida Victims of Discrimination Seeking to Defend Their Civil Rights

The experience of discrimination based on age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, or HIV status can be very isolating. Taking action to fight discrimination, on the other hand, can be empowering. When you stand up for what is right, you do not have to stand alone. Mark Elliott Law offers both understanding of your difficult situation and the advocacy you need in order to change it. Discrimination has a negative impact on everyone in our communities, not just those who are directly affected.

Attorney Mark Elliott is committed to helping individuals in Orlando, Orange County, and Central Florida combat the effects of discrimination and defend their civil rights. We invite you to contact our law office to schedule a consultation in our Orlando office.

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