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Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in Raleigh

Defending the Rights of Individuals Against Government and Employer Misconduct

At Edwards Kirby, we represent individuals who have been mistreated by their government or their employer. Every American citizen is offered specific rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution specifically limit the power of the federal government and set forth the rights of citizens to free speech, due process, freedom from cruel & unusual punishment, and protection from unreasonable search and seizure, to name a few. In addition, specific state and federal laws have been implemented to ensure protection from prejudice, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment in the workplace and beyond.

Our lawyers help hold the government and employers accountable when they deny individuals these rights. We represent individuals who have been victims of police misconduct, prosecutorial abuse or rights violations in jails and prisons. We also stand up for employees who have witnessed fraud by an employer, experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, or been retaliated against for speaking out.

Edwards Kirby is committed to safeguarding these important protections for individuals and groups, whether being breached by the government, corporations, or others. These essential rights belong to each American, and should never be abandoned in favor of prejudices or abuses of power. Edwards Kirby is dedicated to defending our rights, from protecting individuals from police misconduct to defending the right of every American to work without fear of sexual harassment.

Learn about your rights as an employee and how Edwards Kirby can help by calling (919) 335-7005.

Types of Civil Rights Cases We Handle

For 25 years, Edwards Kirby has fought for clients’ rights across North Carolina and throughout the nation. We can take on a wide range of civil rights cases and will not hesitate to go up against the government if necessary to seek justice for our clients. In fact, we are known for our skill in court and will present a formidable opponent for any individual, corporation, or government entity.

Our Raleigh civil rights lawyers can take on cases involving:

  • Police brutality
  • Racial profiling
  • Wrongful arrest and imprisonment
  • Mistreatment while in police custody
  • Lack of proper care or treatment in the prison system
  • Cruel and unusual punishment by law enforcement or prison officers
  • Denial of basic needs in prison or jail
  • Discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc.

Types of Unlawful Employment Practices

Under federal and state law, employees have a right to work in an environment free from discriminatory treatment, unlawful pay practices, or fear of retaliation. Our Raleigh employment law attorneys are committed to upholding these rights to the fullest extent. We expose violations of workers’ rights and help wronged employees rebuild and recover.

Some common unlawful employment practices include:

  • Sexual Harassment: A work environment where inappropriate sexual behavior pervades, including physical and verbal sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances, and a quid pro quo system of sexual favors
  • Fraud and Whistleblower Retaliation: Misuse of funds by employers and retaliating against employees who assert their right to speak out against it, often through termination or unfair terms and conditions of employment.
  • Employment Discrimination: Discriminating against employees in hiring, firing, pay, or other terms and conditions of employment based on gender, race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

Fighting for Individuals’ Rights

At Edwards Kirby, we believe every person deserves to be treated lawfully and with respect. If you have been subjected to any of these unlawful practices, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free, confidential case evaluation.

Call (919) 335-7005 today to schedule your free consultation.

  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    This is a rare and exclusive legal honor limited to the top 100 attorneys in the US, and we are proud to have John Edwards and David Kirby included.
  • Best Lawyers In America
    Four Edwards Kirby Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America.
  • U.S. News Best Law Firm
    We are proud to be included in this prestigious list of law firms, selected for both quality of practice and extent of legal experience and skill.
  • SuperLawyers
    This rating service honors attorneys who have achieved a high level of professional achievement and peer recognition. Selected attorneys are included in Super Lawyers® magazine’s list.
  • AV Preeminent
    This highly prestigious honor is reserved for attorneys who are nominated by both clients and peers in a range of categories, including Quality of Service, Legal Experience, and more.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    This prestigious organization aims to continuously build upon a foundation of legal ethics and high technical standards for civil trial attorneys. We are proud to have membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • Legal Elite
    This honor, awarded by Business North Carolina magazine, recognizes the state’s top business and employment lawyers, as selected by their peers in a statewide ballot.
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers is extended only to the top 1% of attorneys in a given state or providence. Our firm is proud to have members of this prestigious North American organization.
  • International Society of Barristers
    The International Society of Barristers aims to encourage fellowship, ethics, and advocacy excellence. We are proud to have attorneys who are Fellows of the Society, committed to the highest level of integrity and civility.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    Attorney John Edwards has been included in this invitation only group of the premier trial lawyers in each state.
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
    Attorneys Cate Edwards, Winston Kirby and Mary Kathryn Kurth were named "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers.
  • Lawyers of Distinction
    Attorney Cate Edwards has been selected for this prestigious award after undergoing a stringent evaluation process based on peer recognition, past results, and reputation. Only the top 10% of attorneys in each state are selected to the final list.