3 Circumstances That May Call For A Civil Rights Lawyer
If you have a suspicion that your civil rights have been violated, you might want to take legal action. This way, you can not only have the situation corrected, but you can help prevent it from happening to anyone else. However, before you contact a civil rights lawyer, you might want to take a few moments to review the following examples of clear violation of such rights. This will ensure that you understand whether or not your rights have truly been violated.
You Didn't Get The Job
There are many reasons a person may be turned down for employment. However, if you have been directly turned down because of your race, gender, or religion, your civil rights have been violated. It does not matter what the beliefs or opinion of the employer are, they cannot turn down prospective employees because of such things. With that said, employers do have the right to turn you done for reasons such as lack of a desired degree or real world experience in the field. Such reasons are not violations of your civil rights.
You Didn't Get The Apartment
Again, a landlord is not allowed to outwardly deny renting an apartment or home to you based on things such as your religious beliefs or your race. However, plenty of landlords are now stating that they will not allow cigarette smoking in the home. Is this is violation of your civil rights if you smoke? No, because the landlord is not saying that he or she will not rent to smokers, just that no smoking is allowed inside of the home or apartment. Therefore, if you are told that you are not allowed to rent the property because you partake in cigarette smoking, drinking, or things such as legalized gambling, you should know that your civil rights have been violated and you need legal assistance.
You Were Denied The Loan
Let's say you are pregnant and you are applying for a loan of some sort. The banker might personally think that you will be going on maternity leave soon, which could result in less income for a while, or you might give up on your job altogether and just stay home with the baby. This is not a reason to deny you the loan. The bank or loan company must only consider things such as your credit score, monthly income, and past and current employment history. They cannot make judgements on how long they think you might work. The same goes for anyone who is elderly and applying for a 30-year mortgage. No bank is allowed to deny an applicant a 30-year mortgage because they are 95 years old at the time of the application. Is it likely that this individual will live for another 35 years? Who knows, but it does not matter because denying a person a mortgage based on their age is a direct violation of his or her civil rights.
With such examples in mind, you should be able to easily determine whether your civil rights have been violated. If they have, it is important to make sure that you are taking legal action right away so that you can have the situation corrected.
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