Civil Rights Lawyers

Experienced Civil Rights Attorneys

Government employees and organizations have an obligation to protect your civil rights and freedoms. They are expressly forbidden from discriminating against you due to your race, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, sexual-orientation, religion or other protected class, or denying you the right to equal and fair treatment in society.

Unfortunately, there are times where the system fails and we are betrayed by police officers or other government officials. Whether it’s retaliation for speaking out, the use of excessive force while completing an arrest, voter intimidation or discrimination based on race, sexual-orientation or gender, civil rights violations are all too common in the state of Wisconsin.

At Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, we understand the impact these violations can have on your life. Our compassionate team of civil rights attorneys has successfully fought numerous civil rights cases, helping individuals receive damages for the injuries and emotional stress they have endured.

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Common Civil Rights Violations

Civil Right violations in Wisconsin, also known as Section 1983 violations, often involve:

  • Abuse by police – police brutality, excessive force, unjustified shootings
  • Racial profiling
  • False arrest or obstruction of justice
  • Abuse or discrimination in educational institutions
  • Neglect or abuse while incarcerated or in group homes
  • Free speech retaliation
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Housing discrimination
  • Being denied the right to vote
In 2020, Bucks Guard Sterling Brown, represented by GTW partner Mark Thomsen, settled a history-making civil rights lawsuit with the City of Milwaukee. The settlement included $750,000 in compensation and forced the city to admit it violated Brown’s constitutional rights and incorporate changes to its police department standard operating procedures.

GTW Case Result

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Common Questions About Civil Rights Cases

Legal Options Following a Civil Rights Violation

If you are the victim of a civil rights violation and decide to take legal action, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for compensation, which may include:

  • Disability
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and interference with family relationships
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
  • Past, present and future medical bills
  • Wrongful death

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