At Maxwell Tillman, our Birmingham, AL-based team of trial lawyers are experienced defenders of civil rights. We are familiar with the deep roots of prejudice and injustice, and are committed to making a difference in society by ensuring equal rights and justice for all.
“Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.”
-The late John Lewis, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
What are civil rights?
The most basic definition of civil rights is the inherent rights everyone has bestowed on them by the government. It means equal protection under the law regardless of one’s race, religion, sex, disability, age, or other personal characteristics.
Some examples of civil rights include:
- the right to vote
- the right to a fair trial
- the right to public education
- the right to use government services
Examples of civil rights laws
Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark civil rights and labor legislative achievement that ended segregation in public spaces and banned discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
It prohibited segregation based on the color of someone’s skin from schools, employment, and public accommodation including courthouses, parks, restaurants, theaters, sports arenas, and hotels.
Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits racial discrimination in voting in the United States. It is designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.
This Act secured the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the country.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations, transportation, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services.
The role of civil rights lawyers
When an individual or group has their civil rights infringed on by another individual or institution, it is their right to file a civil lawsuit against that offender. Our role as civil rights attorneys is to obtain a full range of remedies for our clients, including compensation, injunctive relief to undo the effects of civil rights violations on individuals and groups, and punitive damages to change the future behavior of defendants.
How Maxwell Tillman can help
As one of Birmingham Magazine’s Top Attorneys (Civil Rights), the team at Maxwell Tillman are trial lawyers for the people. That means we are dedicated to representing the people and never the big, powerful insurance companies, corporations, or hospitals.
Our legal team is passionate about representing and seeking justice for those who have been a victim of discrimination, prejudice, or other injustice. Other areas of our firm’s expertise include personal injury from car accidents to property negligence.
If you or someone you know has been subjected to any violation of civil rights or personal injury, please get in touch with us today for a free consultation. There are no legal fees unless we win the case.