Moving civil rights forward

From battling for a girl who wanted to play contact sports in South Carolina to fighting for a same-sex couple who dreamed of legally marrying in the Palmetto State, the civil rights lawyers at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel have represented clients in cases that matter.

Our civil rights attorneys have in-depth experience and knowledge across a full range of issues, including federal cases under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This landmark law prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin or religion by employers with 15 or more employees, ADEA added age protection. ADA added protection for disabled employees or those perceived with disabilities. It covers sexual harassment and workplace retaliation as well.

We’ve fought for those with disabilities, LGBTQ rights, those who’ve been discriminated against, and more.

We’ve helped clients fight for their rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against capable employees or candidates who can do the job with reasonable accommodations.

We’ve fought discrimination due to pregnancy, and we’ve battled for equal pay. We’ve helped people win back jobs under laws against wrongful termination.

We also can assist clients in cases under local laws in Columbia, Richland County, and elsewhere that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Though many of our cases involve workplace discrimination, we also can assist with civil rights violations off the job. Such cases include LGBTQ rights, race discrimination hate crimes or police brutality.

No matter the cause or the case, we offer every client passionate commitment and finely honed legal skills. Your battle is our battle. We will fight in whatever venue is necessary, whether it’s before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the state, South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC or SHAC) or in the court system.

We also work hard to keep the community informed of changes and developments, holding training sessions and clinics aimed at keeping leaders up on the latest and on the right side of the law. We can advise companies on keeping their workplace policies compliant with the laws, helping businesses create better atmospheres and take steps to prevent legal problems from occurring in the first place.