CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION
Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in claims arising pursuant to state and federal constitutions and statutes, including Human Relations Acts, Civil Rights Acts, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act.
The following are examples of our representation in this practice area:
In a sex discrimination action, Sprague & Sprague obtained a multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of a female police detective and several male colleagues who were retaliated against when they supported the female detective.
The Firm secured a settlement of over half a million dollars for a victim of sexual harassment at one of the country’s leading insurance companies without the necessity of filing a formal complaint.
Sprague & Sprague successfully defended a church which was sued in state and federal courts by another church alleging a variety of civil rights violations arising from the distribution of trust funds.
The Firm successfully defended a private development company and its officers and directors in a putative class action, civil rights lawsuit brought by citizens of a locality for allegedly violating the citizens’ constitutional rights in connection with the approval process for a development.
The Firm successfully tried a housing discrimination case in federal court where a jury found that two property owners involved in the lease of a condominium discriminated against a Jewish couple on account of the couple's religion. The jury awarded the Firm's clients substantial compensatory and punitive damages, which were upheld by the District Court and the United States Court of Appeals.