Veterans Legal Guard

What is Civil Rights Law? Civil rights law deals with the protections and liberties enjoyed by the American people. These rights are designed to ensure that people are treated equally and without respect to their ethnicity, gender, or other such attributes. They also guard against overly intrusive conduct by the government. Government actors are not permitted to make decisions arbitrarily, or to deprive individuals of their lives or property without affording them due process of law. While civil rights violations give rise to a host of civil and criminal penalties for the offender, attorneys practicing in this area of the law are generally engaged in seeking financial compensation for victims.
How it works Veterans Legal Guard is a team of in-house attorneys brought on solely for the purpose of defending veterans’ civil rights. Veterans Legal Guard is a national program that will practice law in all 50 states. Veterans Legal Guard is a service provided by Veterans Drive, and our legal representation of veterans will be free of charge. We help veterans in their perilous fight to secure their benefits and protect their civil rights. Veterans Legal Guard will provide FREE legal services to veterans.
Military Benefits For veterans to receive their service connected disability, they often have to go through tedious, unnecessary red tape. Issues could range from lack of knowledge to navigate a broken system to lost records. Other difficulties are less bureaucratic, and often these circumstances emerge as a result of negligent or even nefarious activity on the part of VA support staffers. Our attorneys do not adjudicate benefits claims. We hold those that do detriment to veterans accountable for their actions. We hope that holding the actors accountable for their actions will serve as a detour mechanism for all V.A. support staff. Our goal is to broaden are conduct policing to any activity, by any person within the V.A. Whether is be neglect in scheduling, hostility, lack of adequate care or facilitation of care, we want to be there. We know that the vast majority of V.A. doctors are very good at what they do. We believe that there is a substantial drop-off when it comes to general support and benefits. We hope to have a positive impact in these areas.
Civil Rights Civil rights litigation covers a broad spectrum of administrative, state and federal work. Our civil rights litigation includes protection of the following rights:

  • Abuse, retaliation or discrimination due to gender
  • Abuse, retaliation or discrimination due to race
  • Abuse, retaliation or discrimination due to religion
  • Abuse, retaliation or discrimination due to sexual orientation
  • Retaliation and disability discrimination due to physical or mental disabilities or impairments
  • Violations of free speech
  • Violations of the right to be heard or violations of “due process” i.e. your day to present your case
  • Excessive force, profiling and physical abuse
  • Employment discrimination, retaliation or wrongful termination
  • Issues dealing with employers such as violations of the collective bargaining agreement or breach of contract that fundamentally intrude on your rights

The above matters may be brought in many cases under federal and state law. In some cases, you may also be required to exhaust administrative remedies or pursue internal procedures that build the case from the ground up and subsequently allow you to pursue remedies in state or federal court. It is critical to preserving your case to bring in experienced attorneys who can guide you through all stages of the process so that you can maximize your chances of a positive outcome in your case. Our attorneys assist you in presenting and building your case so that it withstands the scrutiny of difficult opposing defendants and the judge. While our goal is to increase your change of a recovery through settlement, if we are unable to negotiate a settlement that is appropriate, our skilled attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial and then if necessary work through the appeal process. Our office has significant pre-litigation and trial experience in employment discrimination cases, including:

  • Race and color discrimination (Title VII)
  • Gender discrimination and sexual harassment law (Title VII)
  • Disability discrimination (ADA)
  • Age discrimination (ADEA)
  • Retaliation (whistleblower, qui tam, and FMLA retaliation cases)
  • Housing discrimination
  • Lending discrimination
  • Discrimination in places of public accommodations
  • Wrongful discharge in violation of state and federal legislation

Allegations of retaliation, sexual harassment, breach of contract, and failure to pay overtime are serious issues for employers and employees alike. If it can be demonstrated that an employee suffered financial loss because their rights or contractual obligations were violated, the employer can be held liable for damages in an employee discrimination lawsuit.

Age Discrimination The Age Discrimination Act of 1967 (ADEA) and the state of Washington protects employees who are over 40 years of age from employment discrimination based on age. It is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments and training. Our goal is to protect older workers from age discrimination or harassment in the workplace. We litigate to seek relief due to workplace unfairness. It is also unlawful to retaliate against persons for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on age or filing a claim for age discrimination.
Race, National Origin, Color, Ancestry or Ethnicity Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and/and the state of Washington prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s national origin, race, color, ancestry, and/or ethnicity. This prohibition not only prohibits discrimination based on actual national origin, race, color, ancestry, and/or ethnicity, but also discrimination based on perception of national origin, race, color, ancestry, and/or ethnicity, and discrimination based on association with persons of a certain national origin, race, color, ancestry, and/or ethnicity.
Disability We will advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Our on-staff attorneys will represent individuals with a broad range of disabilities in both state and federal courts. Our goal is to secure the rights of the disabled without the need for litigation. We are prepared to work on cases involving, but not limited to: ADA/SECTION 504/UNRUH/THE DISABLED PERSONS ACT AND FEHA It is unlawful and illegal to discriminate against a person with disability in places of public accommodation and in places of employment. The form of discrimination can be a failure to accommodate, failing to provide access, failing to engage in the interactive process in order to accommodate and placing unreasonable demands on individuals with disabilities. These rights impact individuals with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. REGIONAL CENTER SERVICES We can assist Regional Center recipients. Regional Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from infancy through adulthood. If a Regional Center has denied services, a timely request for a fair hearing is required. IN-HOME CARE-GIVERS / IHC In-Home Care-Givers is a statewide program that provides personal care and domestic services to persons who are aged, blind or disabled and who live in their own homes. IHSS is provided to those who otherwise might be placed in an out-of-home care facility but who can safely remain in their own home if IHSS services are received. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind. Disabled children are also eligible for in-home care. IHC is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. If you are challenging a reduction in hours or a termination of services, you must request a fair hearing within the 10 days, before the notice of action is effective, in order to continue receiving all your hours until the hearing is over. Having legal counsel can help you effectively advocate for yourself or for the person you are caring for.
Mediation Our attorneys will design a mediation wing that attempt to resolve disputes for veterans. Many employment and civil disputes go through mediation before ever reaching a courtroom. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution designed to foster a settlement with the help of a neutral third-party facilitator. In labor disputes and contracts, mediation may be required under the terms of an employment contract. Our mediators hold extensive experience in civil, employment and labor law.