Osborne & Francis: Civil Rights Attorneys

The ConstitutionDespite widespread media attention and public outcry, civil rights violations are still all too common. It can happen to you or a family member at any time, and it can have far-reaching effects on your life and future prospects. Whether your civil rights have been violated by law enforcement, an employer, or a landlord or bank, Osborne & Francis are ready to stand beside you and hold them accountable.

Our civil rights attorneys are motivated by two things; getting you the compensation you deserve to make things right, and the knowledge that holding the powerful accountable for civil rights violations makes our society a safer place for all of us.

The Types of Cases our Civil Rights Attorneys Handle

Racial Discrimination Lawsuits

If you have been denied equal treatment based on race or country of origin, you need to discuss your situation with a civil rights lawyer. Because for victims of racial discrimination, lawsuits are the most effective way to obtain compensation and end discriminatory practices that may have gone unchallenged for decades. Racial discrimination often occurs in association with housing, employment, and access to financial or other services. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of racial discrimination lawsuits, so contact us for a free review of your case.

Gender Discrimination

If you suspect that your gender is the reason you have been denied equal protection, treatment, or access, gender discrimination lawyers from Osborne & Francis are ready to help you decide your best course of action. Decades of federal laws are in place to prevent discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, but that doesn’t mean that violations can’t occur. It means you need an experienced gender discrimination lawyer who knows which laws best apply to your case, and how to move forward to obtain compensation or a legal remedy to your situation. The federal laws intended to prevent gender discrimination include:

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972

If you’ve experienced discrimination based on sex at the hands of an employer, government agency, or financial or educational institution, contact us today to discuss your case with our expert gender discrimination lawyers.

False Arrest

To keep the public safe, we place a great deal of power in the hands of our law enforcement officers. But to maintain our freedom and civil rights, we place well defined limits on how and when the police can use that power. Many times, police officers overstep those limits and make an arrest without the proper legal justification. It’s also often the case that these overreaches of police authority occur disproportionately in minority communities or neighborhoods. If you have been subjected to a false arrest, you have options and may be entitled to compensation.

Excessive Force by Law Enforcement

In Florida, there is no clear definition of what constitutes excessive force or police brutality. However, the proper use of force by police is outlined in Florida Statute 776.05:

The officer is justified in the use of any force which he or she reasonably believes to be necessary to defend himself or herself or another from bodily harm while making the arrest.

Many times, officers can take things too far while subduing a suspect and quickly move beyond the force necessary to defend themselves or others. Excessive force can involve the use of tasers, batons, pepper spray, takedowns, or choke holds. Use of these tools and tactics can vary from department to department, so if you have been injured during an encounter with law enforcement officers, contact Osborne & Francis today. In assessing your case, we will determine if the officers violated departmental procedures in using a specific type of force, or if they moved beyond what was necessary for defense and acted out of anger, a loss of control, or the desire to punish by inflicting pain.

Wrongful Conviction

Prison Gate

Personal freedom is the most basic of our civil rights. It is so foundational and important that we require the highest standard of evidence for incarceration, proof that is beyond a reasonable doubt. But the system fails too often. Either due to overzealous prosecutors, or a series of unfortunate and negligent mistakes by law enforcement, the innocent are sometime wrongly convicted. This can result in lost months, years, or even decades. If you have been wrongly convicted of a crime, you are entitled to compensation for your lost time, wages, and more. Contact Osborne & Francis today to discuss your case.

Osborne & Francis is the Civil Rights Law Firm that Will Stand Up For You

If you think your civil rights have been violated, contact Osborne & Francis today for a free case evaluation. We take cases in Florida and nationwide from our offices in Boca Raton and Orlando and we are ready to put our experience to work for you. Standing up to civil rights violations is one of the most important things you can do for your community. So, while you are fighting for them, we’ll be fighting for you.

Our Civil Rights Lawyers’ Proven Track Record

Osborne & Francis partner Greg Francis served as lead counsel for a class action racial discrimination lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA was found to have systematically discriminated against black farmers for decades, and ordered to pay $1.25 billion to 20,000 farmers or their descendants. This is currently the largest civil rights settlement in the history of the United States.

Contact us today to find out how we can help with your civil rights case.

Civil Rights Resources

Our civil rights attorneys are here to help you through the complicated process of addressing a civil rights violation. We’ve gathered some important resources about civil rights to help you better understand the situation you may be facing. Once you are ready to move forward, just reach out and we’ll be there to help.