Civil Rights Litigation
From West Virginia and into Virginia, the attorneys at Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC defend government agencies and employers against allegations of civil rights violations brought by employees and members of the public. With a broad range of experience working with municipal authorities and private employers, our lawyers are able to help clients with claims brought under Section 1983 or other state and federal statutes such as Title VII and the ADA.
Through the application of federal statute 42 USC 1983, private individuals may sue government agencies and officials for violations of their civil rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution and other federal laws. Common claims of civil rights violations include:
- Warrantless arrests
- Illegal searches and seizures
- Police harassment
- Police brutality
- Malicious prosecution
- Prison guard mistreatment
- Infringement of free speech
- Infringement of the free exercise of religion
With decades of legislative amendments and differing statutory interpretations among the various courts, civil rights law has become an increasingly complex and difficult area of the law to navigate. Through the firm’s state, municipal, and public entity practice, our lawyers are familiar with the operations and issues sensitive to government agencies, cities, towns, and school districts. In fact, our firm counts former public officials among its attorneys, from a past member of the West Virginia Legislature to a former state Commissioner of Finance and Administration. Our lawyers therefore understand firsthand the limits of state power, the application of immunity, and other issues necessary to defend or resolve a civil rights complaint.
With an extensive employment law practice, our attorneys defend public and private employers alike from employment discrimination claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging discriminatory practices or wrongful termination on the basis of race, color, national origin (ethnicity), sex (gender), and religion. Our attorneys also have a wealth of experience in defending against allegations of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Pay Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Whether enforcement is sought administratively by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or through a private lawsuit for money damages or reinstatement, our lawyers have the background, skills and experience to prepare and present a strong defense to civil rights and discrimination claims.