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Civil Rights Section

Section Overview

The Civil Rights Section of the Civil Division focuses on enforcing federal civil rights laws throughout the Central District of California. These laws prohibit discrimination, protect the constitutional rights of residents of this District, and ensure equal opportunity for all. The laws the Section enforces include: the Americans with Disabilities Act, statutes protecting the rights of service members and veterans, statutes protecting the right to fair housing and fair lending, and other federal anti-discrimination statutes enforced by the Department of Justice.

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Winter 2023 Civil Rights Section Newsletter

Recent Matters

Federal Lawsuit Against Los Angeles County Alleges ADA Violations and Discrimination Against Voters with Disabilities

June 29, 2023 - Following a lengthy investigation that determined the County of Los Angeles discriminated against persons with disabilities at vote centers during recent elections, the United States Attorney’s Office today filed a lawsuit alleging the county has failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Property Manager and Owner of California Rental Property

May 12, 2023 - The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against the property manager of an apartment building in Koreatown and the owner of the rental property alleging the sexual harassment  of female residents in violation of the Fair Housing Act. 

Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Religious Land Use Case Involving Faith-Based Group that Feeds Homeless in Orange County

May 10, 2023 - The Justice Department has filed a statement of interest in a federal lawsuit explaining that the act of distributing food and drinks to people who are homeless by Micah’s Way, a faith-based organization in Santa Ana that helps people in need, could be religious exercise under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

L.A. Metro Agrees to Comply with ADA and Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities at Los Angeles Union Station

April 21, 2023 - Following an investigation that found Los Angeles Union Station was not accessible to persons with disabilities, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today entered into a settlement agreement that requires the transit agency to remedy violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Justice Department Secures Over $31 Million from City National Bank to Address Lending Discrimination Allegations

January 12, 2023 - The Justice Department announced today an agreement to resolve allegations that City National Bank engaged in a pattern or practice of lending discrimination by “redlining” in Los Angeles County. This resolution will include over $31 million in relief to impacted individuals and communities.

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Please note that the Central District of California covers seven counties in Southern California and the Central Coast: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. To identify the contact information for a U.S. Attorney’s Office outside our district, please click here. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to correspondence that does not pertain to our district.

Individuals wishing to contact the Civil Rights Section, Civil Division are strongly encouraged to do so by email or U.S. Mail. Please report any criminal complaints to the applicable local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies. The Civil Rights Section, Civil Division does not have jurisdiction over criminal matters.

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Civil Division
Attn: Civil Rights Section
300 N. Los Angeles St., Suite 7516
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-2879 (Phone)
(213) 894-7819 (Fax)

Report a Civil Rights Violation to the Civil Division, Civil Rights Section

Contact the Civil Rights Section by sending an e-mail to

Download the Civil Rights Complaint Form.

Civil Enforcement

The Division enforces civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, familial status, and religion, among other protected categories. We protect the constitutional rights of residents and affirm equal opportunity in areas including housing, lending, employment (in state and local governments), education, public accommodations, land use, and voting, as well as the rights of individuals with disabilities and English language learners.

With limited exceptions, the U.S. Attorney's Office represents the United States of America, not any specific individual.

Civil Statutes We Enforce

The Division enforces more than 20 statutes prohibiting discrimination, including:

Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.
We enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities: in employment (title I), to access state and local governmental services (title II) and public accommodations such as restaurants, gyms, and sports arenas (title III).

Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq.
We investigate and bring suit against landlords, realtors, and others who discriminate against individuals and families based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), familial status, or national origin.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000 et seq.
Under Title VII, we investigate and litigate cases against state and local government employers which discriminate against employees based upon race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Under CRIPA, we investigate and commence civil actions against state and local governments which engage in patterns or practices of depriving persons of their constitutional and statutory rights in institutional settings such as jails, prisons, long-term care facilities, and psychiatric hospitals.

Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Law Enforcement Misconduct Statute), 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (formerly 42 U.S.C. § 14141)
The Attorney General is authorized by this statute to investigate and bring civil actions against law enforcement agencies which engage in a pattern or practice of depriving persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. §§ 10301 et seq.
Under the Voting Rights Act, we monitor polling places and investigate and litigate civil actions to protect the right of all citizens to vote, including the right to register to vote and cast meaningful votes, as protected and guaranteed by the Constitution.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 U.S.C. § 3901 et seq.
The SCRA provides certain benefits and protections to servicemembers and their dependents during the servicemembers’ military service. We investigate and bring lawsuits against lenders, landlords, and others to protect these rights.

Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLIUPA), 42 U.S.C.§ 2000cc.
RLUIPA prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion and protects the right to worship without substantial burdens in zoning decisions, as well as in prisons and jails. We will investigate and bring civil actions where religious groups, especially religious minority groups, are subjected to discrimination and unreasonably burdensome treatment.

National Voter Registration Act of 1993, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1973gg et seq.
We bring civil actions to enforce the NVRA, also known as the “motor voter law,” “to enhance voting opportunities for every American.” The Act has made it easier for all Americans to register to vote and to maintain their registration.

Unformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301 et seq.
We bring lawsuits against private, state, and local government employers for violations of USERRA in cooperation with the Department of Labor (DOL). USERRA entitles servicemembers to return to their civilian employment upon completion of their military service with the seniority, status, and rate of pay that they would have obtained had they remained continuously employed by their civilian employer. USERRA also prohibits discrimination based on present, past, and future military service.

Other civil statutes we enforce include:

Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 5 U.S.C. § 1691, et seq. (prohibiting creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, because an applicant receives income from a public assistance program, or because an applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act).

Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, 18 U.S.C. § 248 (prohibiting the use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services).

Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000c-6 (prohibiting discrimination, including segregation, in public schools and institutions of higher learning).

Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), 20 U.S.C. § 1703 (among other things, requiring state education agencies and school districts to take action to overcome language barriers that impede English Language Learner students from participating equally in state and district educational programs).

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d (prohibiting discrimination in programs receiving federal assistance).

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any federal funded education program or activity).

Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000a (prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations).