How Long Do I Have to File a Civil Rights Lawsuit?

The United States is a country founded on the principles of liberty and justice. Despite this, every year people’s civil rights are violated. Americans suffer harm due to sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful imprisonment, and unacceptable conditions in prisons and jails.

Were your civil rights abused? Do you know how long you have to exercise your legal options? Below our civil rights attorneys discuss the statute of limitations for civil rights violations claims and how to seek help for your potential claim.

Statute of Limitations for Civil Rights Violations Claims

A statute of limitations determines how long parties involved have to initiate a lawsuit. Generally, the statute of limitations varies depending on the jurisdiction and type of claim.

Determining the statute of limitations can be complicated and depends on the specific civil rights violation and requirements of the claim. Additionally, for certain types of claims, one may need to file a claim with a federal or state agency before a private lawsuit can be initiated. For example, in cases involving employment discrimination, one must typically file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the alleged offense before he or she can file a private lawsuit.

If you have decided to pursue a civil rights lawsuit against another person or entity, contact an attorney immediately.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Civil Rights Attorneys

If you or a loved one suffered from discrimination, wrongful conviction, civil rights violations in prison, or sexual harassment or assault, contact our law firm today for a free consultation. The attorneys at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. litigate multiple types of civil rights cases, including:

Compensation from a civil rights lawsuit may help pay for expenses that resulted from the harm you or a loved one suffered. These expenses may include medical bills, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and costs linked to pain and suffering.

Speak with our experienced attorneys to learn more about the statute of limitations for civil rights violations and how these laws may apply to your situation. Our civil rights attorneys represent clients nationwide. Schedule a free consultation by calling (855) 244-2031 or submitting an online form.