Civil Rights Law

Our firm has been litigating to enforce the civil rights of individuals and organizations in the contexts of employment, voting, and other areas, for decades.

We frequently litigate to enforce civil rights at the workplace, including suits to enforce the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (freedom of speech and association); the Fourteenth Amendment (due process and equal protection); and various state and federal laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Michigan's Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act and the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right To Know Act.The firm also has contributed to the development of civil rights law through the preparation of amicus curiae briefs in cases involving significant civil rights issues, through assisting clients on policy proposals, and through service by individual attorneys on various boards and committees. Our dedication to this area of the law is epitomized by senior partner Rolland O'Hare, who has served as a member of the national ACLU's executive board for 42 years, longer than any other person in that organization's distinguished history. In addition, we are proud of our long record of pro bono publico service to people and non-profit groups, including the America Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which named the firm as a whole its 2001 "Volunteer of the Year."

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