Barnes Law Firm

Kansas City Civil Rights Lawyers Stand Up For Mistreated Individuals

Dedicated Missouri Advocates Serve As A Strong Voice For Their Clients

People often speak about civil rights but might not understand how to take advantage of these fundamental protections under the law. Barnes Law Firm in Kansas City, Missouri is dedicated to helping residents fight for what is rightfully theirs. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history. This law prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and ensured that all Americans were given equal access to public places and public utilities, such as transportation and schools. Our firm represents clients in these matters as well as employment actions, housing claims and cases involving police misconduct. In all of these situations, we are aggressive advocates who use our knowledge and experience to help ensure that people are treated properly under the law.

What Does The Civil Rights Act Cover?

Since 1964, there have been several additions to the Civil Rights Act both by statutory revisions and case law established in U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions. Many of these developments relate to workplace treatment. Presently, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against employee(s) on the basis of any of the following criteria:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex (which includes sexual orientation or gender identity)
  • Physical or mental disability

Even if you only suspect that you suffered an adverse action at work or were denied a benefit because of one of these protected characteristics, it’s worthwhile to have your circumstances reviewed by a qualified legal advocate. Our firm provides a free initial consultation, so there is no risk to you.

Firm Handles Cases Relating To Housing, Speech And Public Accommodations

Our knowledgeable advocates take on governments and private defendants to provide real-world relief in cases relating to:

  • The Fair Housing Act: Enacted in 1968, the Fair Housing Act prohibits residential home sellers and landlords from discriminating against buyers and tenants who belong to a protected group. In many instances, it might not be clear if an improper motivation exists. If you suspect that you might have lost out on the home you wanted because of your race, religion or another personal characteristic, we can help.
  • First Amendment retaliation: Having free speech rights means that you won’t be punished unfairly if you exercise them. When a private individual or public employee faces retaliation or harassment for expressing their opinion, our firm presses for damages to address the harmful consequences.
  • Public accommodations:    Facilities that are open to the public, such as stores, restaurants and government offices, must be accessible to everyone. In situations where particular groups are being excluded or treated differently, we take prompt, effective action.

Starting with a free initial consultation, we will outline the legal elements of these claims and help you anticipate how your case might proceed.

Effective Advocates Seek Justice For Victims Of Police Misconduct

Tragic incidents involving overzealous law enforcement officers generate a great deal of media attention, but many everyday instances of police misconduct get overlooked. We have a detailed understanding of the laws that govern traffic stops, street approaches, and uses of force. Don’t be intimidated by challenging unlawful behavior by police. Our accomplished attorneys will provide comprehensive support every step of the way and are well-aware of the defenses that authorities may offer in cases of police abuse or harassment. We’ll press for an outcome that compensates you for what happened and sends a message that excessive force and unwarranted stops won’t be tolerated.

Contact A Knowledgeable Kansas City Civil Rights Lawyer For A Free Consultation

Barnes Law Firm handles a wide range of civil rights cases for Missouri and Kansas residents, including matters related to discrimination and excessive police force. Please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Kansas City, Missouri.