Many civil lawsuits involve issues that are covered by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is because the 14th amendment is a particularly broad amendment that covers issues like procedural and substantive due process, citizenship, privileges and immunities of citizens, and other rights. Some common 14th amendment lawsuits may include:
- Due process violations: These can range anywhere from school expulsion cases to police lineup identification errors. Government seizures of land (takings) are also common.
- Discrimination lawsuits, especially those related to employment discrimination.
- Various citizenship disputes.
- Privileges and immunity lawsuits such as those involving religious rights and freedom of speech/press.
- Various family law matters including marriage rights and rights regarding birth control
The 14th amendment has been the subject of more lawsuits than any other provision in the U.S. Constitution. Such lawsuits continue today as newer issues arise that are connected with the amendment.
14th amendment lawsuits tend to involve broad, comprehensive rules or policies that can affect entire sectors of a community. This means that 14th amendment lawsuits can often result in an overhaul or a redoing of company policies, handbooks, and other such measures. For instance, the remedy in an employment discrimination case may require the employer to rewrite company hiring policies in the handbook to reflect a non-discriminatory hiring process.
Also, 14th amendment lawsuits can often be filed as class action lawsuits. These can sometimes lead to very significant damages awards that are issued to members of the class named in the lawsuit. An example of this is where the constitutional rights of a group in the community have been violated.
Constitutional rights can sometimes affect large groups of people. You may wish to hire a qualified government lawyer if you have any questions or concerns regarding your constitutional rights. Your attorney can provide you with guidance for your case and can represent you when you need to attend court hearings.