As American citizens, our rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution. Our Founding Fathers knew that to keep our society free and democratic, steps needed to be taken to put our inalienable rights in writing in order to create a remedy for people whose rights have been abused. At times, people perpetrate unlawful acts of discrimination, and in these instances, action must be taken. At Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson, we are dedicated to handling such cases, which can include police misconduct, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination cases.
Trained to serve and protect, police officers are tasked with serving the greater good and enforcing local laws. It’s tragic and ironic, then, when officers break the law by making false arrests or using excessive force against suspects. Law firms like WWF&G put offending officers and their police departments in check by holding them responsible for causing needless injuries or for using other unethical practices to apprehend suspects. Our attorneys are familiar with the law in both Illinois and Missouri and are licensed to prosecute civil rights cases across the bi-state region.
When sexual harassment becomes a problem in the workplace or in school, the legal representation and guidance of an attorney is essential. Authority figures and co-workers who don’t value the civil rights of others can overstep their bounds and create a hostile and unpleasant working environment. Although the quintessential case of sexual harassment involves a male deliberately creating an unhealthy working environment for a woman with inappropriate touching or sexual innuendo, the reverse situation happens more often than one might think. According to an article in Marie Claire magazine, reports of sexual harassment against men have doubled since 1990. Remedies for sexual harassment offenses can be filed through the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and other agencies.
Other workplace offenses can also be filed through the EEOC, including discrimination on the basis of race, age, religion, disability, whistleblowing, and other factors. American workers can and should stand up for their rights as citizens and employees. When a business manager refuses to hire people based on age, refuses to promote someone due to pregnancy, or threatens to fire employees for blowing the whistle on unlawful conduct, seeking justice through a lawsuit can correct the situation and prevent it from happening again to other employees in the future.
There are short time limitations to file complaints in these type of cases, so immediate attention is required, and the use of an attorney from the beginning is highly recommended.
Although such cases can be difficult and complex to prove, it’s certainly not impossible, given that your legal representation comes from high-caliber lawyers. If you have been victimized by an employer or police officer, or have been on the receiving end of civil liberties violations, Michael Glisson of WWF&G is available to handle your case. By calling him at (618) 462-1077 you can arrange to meet with him at our main office in Alton, Illinois or satellite office in St. Louis, Missouri. Your case will be handled with the utmost care and competence.