In a society, every individual deserves fair and just treatment. Everyone is entitled to enjoy their freedom. Sadly, we see and hear news about people protesting about civil right violations. Understandably, nobody wants to be deprived of his rights. Are you familiar with civil rights? How do you know if your rights have already been violated? What should you do if your rights are violated?
Our Civil Rights
What comes into your mind when someone mentions the phrase “civil rights”? Most of us remember Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader and an activist for human civil rights. Civil rights have been an important topic of debate even before King’s rise to prominence.
After the signing of the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America, the government gave its citizens freedom and the right to equal treatment regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, and disability. These rights ensure and guarantee that each citizen, natural born or naturalized, to enjoy a fair treatment, protection, and opportunities in all aspect of the law. These rights include the right to vote, to be educated, to avail services from the government, to obtain due process or fair trial, free speech, and many more.
When Our Civil Rights Are Violated
Now that we have learned about our civil rights, it is also essential to know about the situations that can violate them. However, at times, it might be difficult to tell whether an action is already a violation of our civil rights. But don’t give up easily; we have created a list that will help you. The following situations could indicate a breach of our civil rights:
- Our freedom of speech is restricted, and we are oppressed because of our choice of religion.
- We are unreasonably restricted from carrying a licensed gun.
- Our workmates, peers, friends, or even families harass us sexually.
- We face discrimination at work because of our race, religion, and gender, and the company refuses to allow us to enjoy our rights as an employee.
- Our privacy has been intruded upon.
- We are not provided with attorneys, Miranda rights, or fair trials.
What We Can Do
If our civil rights have been violated, we should not waste time. The first thing to do is to call an attorney. The attorney can give us expert advice on what to do. Nonetheless, we need to be well-educated about the legal steps of getting justice. Thus, make sure to file a claim with a federal agency first before proceeding with a private lawsuit. If we observe the proper legal procedure, we can successfully protect and defend our civil rights.