Civil Rights Attorneys in Walnut Creek
Experienced Representation in Contra Costa & the Bay Area
While police and other law enforcement officials have the authority to protect citizens, this does not mean the scope of that authority includes the mistreatment, abuse, or even death of those individuals with whom the police are in contact. This includes police misconduct during the arrest, custody and/or interrogation of a person.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our Walnut Creek civil rights lawyers have successfully represented victims and their families in civil rights actions against state, county and city police departments. Whether through trial or negotiating a settlement, we strive to bring justice to you or your lost loved one.
Contact us at (925) 275-5592 for a free initial consultation to discuss your specific case with one of our attorneys today.
Take a look at the results from several of our cases below:
- $1.275 Million Recovery: This was recovered against the Gilroy Police Department after they shot and killed a man on Pacheco Pass.
- $1.25 Million Recovery: This was recovered after a schizophrenic man's needs were neglected, leading him to attempted suicide and in a vegetative state.
$1 Million Recovery: This was recovered after a Rohnert Park police officer shot and killed
an Asian man.
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Civil rights violations
Government officers are required to follow reasonable standards of behavior and action. When they violate this, they are violating the civil rights of the harmed individual.
Types of behavior that can constitute a civil rights violation include the following:
- Police misconduct
- Police brutality
- Excessive force
- Employment discrimination
- Teacher abuse
- Illegal search and seizure
- Jail and in-custody deaths
- Prison suicides
- False arrest and imprisonment
- Wrongful death
Our team of attorneys can provide thorough investigative services in order to determine what the circumstances were leading up to your accident or injury.
Employment Discrimination Attorneys in Walnut Creek
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook our Walnut Creek civil rights attorneys handle a variety of employment discrimination cases. Our firm has been successful representing people who have been the victims of employment discrimination or sexual harassment.
In these and other cases, our law firm has been able to obtain unpaid wages and benefits, future lost wages and benefits if the issue was a promotion, compensation for pain and suffering, attorney's fees and punitive damages.
We have been helping employees achieve equality in the workplace since 1979. Let us use our experience and skills to help you. If your employer is violating state and federal anti-discrimination laws, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer to advise you about your options.
Racial Harassment and Discrimination
It is illegal under federal and California laws to use race to make employment decisions. When employers hire, fire, discipline or promote on the basis of race, they can be held liable for employment discrimination under the law.
Some of our cases have included:
- An employer who refuses to acknowledge the existence of ethnic slurs, racial insults and threats that create a hostile work environment
- An employer who shows a pattern of overlooking African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or individuals of different backgrounds for promotions
- An employer who retaliates against an employee for filing a discrimination claim
- An employer who systematically eliminates African-Americans, Hispanics and other groups from the job applicant pool
We have represented people from all types of different backgrounds and cultures from throughout the world who have experienced racial harassment or discrimination in the workplace. You can rely on our team to help you as well.
Sexual Harassment Cases in Walnut Creek
It is illegal to discriminate or harass a person in the workplace on the basis of gender or sex. These laws cover private businesses, government agencies (including police and fire departments) and labor organizations. Each incident of sexual harassment is different. There are two main categories into which most cases fall — quid pro quo cases and hostile work environment cases.
- Quid pro quo: Quid pro quo sexual harassment is when the employee is required to submit to an unwanted sexual relationship in return for benefits such as promotion, a better office, better work assignments or increased pay. If the employee does not agree to the sexual contact, he or she may face demotion, termination and undesirable work assignments.
- Hostile work environment: Hostile work environment cases involve an employee being subjected to unwelcome jokes, touching, pictures or teasing that interferes with his or her ability to do the job. An employer that permits this type of behavior may be the target of a sexual harassment claim.
Our law firm has handled numerous cases in both categories. We have also been involved in broader matters, including the following:
- Retaliating against an employee who filed a sexual harassment claim
- Failing to provide equal pay for equal work based on gender
- Using gender discrimination to deny promotions and educational opportunities
- Malicious prosecution in which an employee falsely charges sexual harassment
We have been able to obtain back pay, future pay, punitive damages and compensation for pain and suffering for clients who have experienced sexual harassment on the job.
Sometimes the monetary award is less important than punishing the harassing employer or co-worker. Our lawyers work to achieve full compensation and the satisfaction that comes from receiving justice. We have achieved substantial verdicts and settlements in sexual harassment cases.
Notable Case Results
Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook has the experience and resources necessary to pursue large and complicated cases – cases that many other firms simply can’t handle.
Our firm has a successful track record in civil rights cases:
- $3 Million Recovery: This case involved a man restrained by correctional officers.
- $1.825 Million Recovery: This case involved a woman shot and killed by police officer after they mistook her vegetable peeler as a weapon.
- $1.4 Million Recovery: This case involved a psychiatric patient murdered by fellow inmate.
Jail & In-Custody Death Claims
Most prison and jail deaths are preventable. Moreover, law enforcement officials have legal obligations toward the people in police custody, whether those people are in a squad car, a city jail or a state prison. They are required to protect the safety of the people under their supervision. When they do not take proper care and injury or death results, they can be held liable for the consequences of their actions or inactions.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our Walnut Creek civil rights lawyers assist people who have been seriously injured while being held by law enforcement. We have successfully litigated numerous verdicts & settlements for victims and their loved ones.
Contact us at (925) 275-5592 for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help.
Causes of Injuries in Jail & In-Custody Death
We have filed claims against state, county and city police departments on behalf of clients injured while in custody or the families of those who suffered a prison or jail death.
Our lawyers have represented clients who experienced:
- Excessive use of force during an arrest
- Illegal use of chokeholds
- Failure to monitor an inmate's medical condition
- Failure to determine medication needs of an inmate upon intake
- Failure to provide medical attention
- Failure to protect inmates from attack or to segregate violent inmates
- Failure to keep a suicide watch
- Taser use by law enforcement
- Use of firearms
- Use of restraints
In addition to people being held in jail or prison, our clients have been people confined in state mental facilities and juvenile "boot camps." We have also represented those injured while in the Contra Costa County Hospital psychiatric unit. In all instances, our clients were injured or died because the agency in charge failed to exercise its legal obligation to provide proper care and supervision.
Millions Won by Our Civil Rights Law Firm Since 1979
If you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one was killed, due to police misconduct or mistreatment while in jail, prison or any other law enforcement facility, contact Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook. One of our skilled attorneys can advise you about your rights and your legal options.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation to learn more about your case!