The Sanders Firm, P.C.: Equal Protection of Non-Suspect Classes

In New York City, the Sanders Firm, P.C., the premiere civil rights firm, offers services related to equal protection and non-suspect classes. As with equal protection and suspect classes, which are classes designated in terms of national origin, religious affiliation, alienage or race or that are defined by a statute, regulation, policy, or ordinance, equal protection also applies to non-suspect classes. Non-suspect classes are in essence those that do not fall under the classification of suspect classes. This is an important distinction as it acknowledges that if non-suspect classes also fall under the Equal Protection Clause, then everyone does.

Esmail v. Macraneh

In the case of Esmail v. Macrane, 53 F.3d 176 (7th Cir.1995), the court observed that equal protection also applied to non-suspect classes. Esmail charged that a public official, the mayor of Naperville, Illinois, had targeted him. Esmail, who owned a liquor store, had been denied a liquor license numerous times. The plaintiff observed that the denials were based on fabricated or petty reasons and were designed to target him in a vindictive manner. It was noted that there was a campaign created against the liquor store owner that was fueled by malice.

The court found in Esmail’s favor and noted that the liquor store owner and his situation did fall under equal protection of the laws. This concept is found in the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Esmail, as a part of a non-suspect class, was protected against such actions and the behavior of the government. In essence, the court ruled that individuals have equal protection against misconduct and disparate treatment by a government official even if they are not a part of one of the suspect classes.

The Protection of Non-Suspect Classes

At The Sanders Firm, P.C., we champion the civil rights of everyone. Although many may tend to think that suspect classes would be the only ones to suffer from violations of the Fourteenth and Fifth Amendment, the fact is that the government may victimize everyone and find that, their right to equal protection as guaranteed by the Constitution has been compromised.

If a government official is harassing you, you are being singled out, or that without reason you are being denied your liberty, rights or freedoms; it is important that you contact a lawyer who is well versed in civil rights law and understands the Equal Protection Clause and its ramifications in connection to being a member of a non-suspect class.

Personalized Service

The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City offers personalized service in all cases, especially those who are part of a non-suspect class. We will be your voice for justice. Contact The Sanders Firm, P.C., and we’ll be happy to discuss your case with you.