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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. Our firm is dedicated to opposing all types of discrimination and protecting our client’s rights to free speech, liberty, due process, and equal protection of the laws.

We have successfully litigated matters concerning the following:

First Amendment Retaliation

Our civil rights firm is dedicated to opposing all types of discrimination and protecting our client’s rights. The First Amendment grants the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly and petition. Most complex of these rights is freedom of speech, which includes both verbal and nonverbal communication. It is unlawful for government agencies, including police officers, to retaliate against someone for expressing their First Amendment rights. Further, the First Amendment protects government employees from retaliation from government employers for speaking out on matters of public concern.

If you believe your First Amendment rights have been violated, Kennedy Hunt, P.C. can help.

Learn more about our first amendment law practice or submit a case questionnaire.

Housing Discrimination

The federal Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. Housing discrimination is also illegal under Missouri and Illinois state law. Specifically, landlords, apartment associations, housing managers, lenders, and real estate agents are prohibited from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their sex, disability, race, color, national origin, or familial status. Kennedy Hunt P.C. is a civil rights firm that has litigated a wide range of fair housing cases including discrimination by municipalities against group homes serving individuals with developmental disabilities, discrimination by landlords in the rental of apartments, discrimination by trailer park owners in the rental of trailer plots, and discrimination by municipalities in the provision of public services.

If you have been discriminated against by a housing provider, call Kennedy Hunt, P.C. so our experienced attorneys can assist you.

Learn more about our housing discrimination law practice or submit a case questionnaire.

Public Accommodations

Places of public accommodation, such as retail stores, restaurants, parking garages, parks, theaters, medical offices, museums, libraries, hotels, educational institutions, and government buildings, are areas prohibited by both federal and Missouri law from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, or disability. Some examples of discrimination in places of public accommodation include: harassment of customers, refusal to serve or providing inferior service, prohibiting the entry of a service animal, failing to provide an accessible restroom, parking space or entrance, or failing to accommodate to a person’s disability. Our office has years of litigation experience pursuing civil rights matters on behalf of individuals who have been discriminated against in places of public accommodation.

Contact the Kennedy Hunt, P.C. if you believe your rights have been violated in a place of public accommodation.

Learn more about our public accommodations law practice or submit a case questionnaire.