The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation enacted by the United States Congress that outlawed major forms of discrimination based on race and gender. In particular, it attempted to end discriminatory educational practices. In addition to providing for equal education rights, the Civil Rights Act was later expanded under both federal and California law to include protections against age discrimination and protections to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”, aka “gay rights.”)
Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the United States and California Constitutions provided for freedom of speech and equal rights for all citizens. The rights providing for freedom of speech have been extended over the years to include not only the right to speak, but to write and convey opinions and impressions without fear of reprisal. While these rights are not unconditional, the freedom of expression continues to be a cornerstone of the American life. Andrea Cook and Associates has a long history or providing a knowledgeable and passionate defense of individual rights.