Civil Rights and Constitutional Claims

Siprut PC attorneys have handled landmark, high-impact civil rights and constitutional claims against municipalities, state and government entities, and corporate employers. Representative litigation includes:
  • Lead trial counsel in an equal educational opportunity lawsuit against the second largest school district in Illinois that resulted in a finding of intentional discrimination and thereafter a settlement that obtained significant changes in the school district’s practices.
  • Doe II and Doe III Does IV-VIII (N.D. Ill.):  Representing female victims of sexual assault for claims of civil rights and equal protection violations against The City of Harvey.  We allege that Harvey has a custom, policy and practice of failing to adequately investigate claims by female rape victims, including in some instances failing to submit or process sexual assault evidence or rape kits.
  • Green v. Village of Winnetka (Cook Co. Ill.):  Representing putative class of Winnetka property owners who allege Village is violating the Illinois constitution by charging utility fees to fund a $42 million stormwater project that includes an eight mile tunnel to Lake Michigan.
  • People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education (Case No. 89-cv-20168, N.D. Ill.) Represented African American and Hispanic students in desegregation and educational equity class action lawsuit against one of the largest school districts in Illinois.  Proved liability across most areas of school operations, including special education, school building conditions, transportation, and student assignment.  Secured multi-year, comprehensive court-ordered remedies.  Represented plaintiffs throughout 10 years of remedies implementation.
  • Johnson v. Board of Education of Champaign Unit School District (Case No. 00-cv-1349, C.D. Ill.)   Represented African American and Hispanic students in race discrimination and desegregation class action lawsuit.  Secured comprehensive settlement affecting many areas of school district operations, including climate and discipline, upper level courses, student assignment, special education, and gifted programs.  Represented plaintiff class throughout seven years of settlement monitoring.
  • McFadden v. Board. of Education School District U-46 (Case No. 05-cv-0760, N.D. Ill.) Represented minority students in educational equity suit against second largest school district in Illinois.  Defendant found liable for intentionally segregating Hispanic students into separate gifted program.
  • Ramirez v. Ceisel Masonry (N.D. Ill.):  Represented Hispanic laborers who alleged they were being discriminated against on the job because of their race.  Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of all plaintiffs.