Williamsport Civil Rights Lawyer
At Schemery Zicolello, we serve clients in a wide range of civil rights matters in the Williamsport area, as well as throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding States. In fact, we are one of the few law firms in Central Pennsylvania with extensive experience representing clients in civil rights lawsuits.
Skilled, Experienced And Caring Advocacy
The Civil Rights team of attorneys at Schemery Zicolello has almost 60 years of combined experience representing clients in civil rights matters. We pride ourselves in placing a paramount value on the important rights that are the subject of Civil Rights cases. For that reason, all of our attorneys, Michael J. Zicolello; Joshua J. Cochran and Amy R. Boring have tried Civil Rights cases to a Jury Verdict. Most recently, Amy Boring obtained a multi-million dollar verdict against a prison guard who had sexually assaulted our client.
Civil rights lawsuits can be broken down into two categories: 1) employment discrimination and 2) other violations of federally secured rights by state or local government officials.
Employment Discrimination Attorneys
Civil rights employment discrimination cases are based on violations of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. These types of claims involve employment-related discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, disability or retaliation. If you feel you are the victim unlawful employment discrimination or employment-related sexual harassment, you should contact Schemery Zicolello immediately.
It is important to understand your rights while you are still employed. If you are no longer employed, the statute of limitations for such claims is very short. You have only 180 days from the discriminatory act to file your complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Types of Civil Rights Claims
Civil rights also includes the great variety of claims based upon the violation of an individual’s rights as secured by the Constitution of the United States and Federal Laws at the hands of state government. Action by the state government is not limited to actions by state employees; it also includes police officers, local government officials, school district employees and even employees of state-funded universities.
Civil rights claims are generally thought of in the context of claims against police officers for use of excessive force, unlawful detentions, false arrests or malicious prosecution. However, there are many, many varieties of civil rights claims.
We have successfully represented clients obtaining settlements and jury verdicts in claims against the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, local townships, school districts, police officers and state universities. These claims have involved instances of:
- Malicious prosecution
- False Arrest
- Use of Excessive Force
- Warrantless or Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
- Prison Conditions and Inmate Suicides
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of Association
- Children subjected to abuse by school officials,
- Failure of school officials to protect children from abuse,
More often than one would think, local government officials take adverse action against local government employees in retaliation for their Speech or Associations. This is a violation of the employee’s constitutional rights.
While there are many varieties of civil right claims, they all share one similarity: They all involve individuals whose guaranteed rights have been violated by someone acting on behalf of the government. Federally guaranteed rights include all rights secured by the United States Constitution or any federal law.
When you are in a situation where you feel your rights may have been violated, you need an experienced civil rights attorney to properly evaluate your case. Only an experienced lawyer can properly evaluate the merits and value of your claim, and take it to trial if necessary.
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Our goal is to help you recover as much of your physical health as is possible. Please email or call our law office to arrange for a free initial consultation to discuss your specific legal concerns about a possible violation of your Civil Rights: 570-321-7554.