The Ralph Act is a civil rights law, enforced by the DFEH, which has aim to protect individuals with special characteristics and their property from violence or intimidation by the threat of violence. The Ralph Act is codified in California’s Civil Code Section 51.7 according to which all individuals have the right to be free from any kind of violence, or intimidation by threat of violence, committed against them or their property, based on race, religion, color, political affiliation, ancestry, sexual orientation, sex, age, citizenship, immigration status, age, or position in labor dispute.
According to CACI 3063, in case the plaintiff claims that the defendant committed an act of violence against him or his property he must be able to prove all of the following elements to establish the claim:
According to CACI 3064, in case the plaintiff claims that the defendant intimidated by threat of violence he must be able to prove all of the following elements to establish the claim:
In successful claims, the victims are entitled to the following remedies:
In a successful Ralph Act lawsuit, the court can order additional damages for the victims. The plaintiff can be entitled to punitive damages even if he already got a full compensation for caused harm or injuries.
Civil Fine: The Ralph Act also allows plaintiff to recover a fine of $25,000.
Restraining Order: The victims can get a restraining order and the defendant can be fined or jailed.
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