Civil Rights Violations
“Civil rights” by definition are the rights of individuals to receive fair and equal treatment and opportunity in a number of societal components including education, employment, housing, and more. When a person is not given fair treatment, it can be considered discrimination, or civil rights violations. While most people hear discrimination and immediately jump to the topic of race, discrimination can actually occur under the law with age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
Over the years, there have been several pieces of legislation to outlaw anti-discrimination. In addition, there have also been federal court decisions that have affected citizens rights in the USA. In addition to the federal decisions, Virginia has additional laws and regulations that give different rights to individuals, so it is important to talk to someone who knows the state in which a violation may have occurred.
If a company choose not to hire an individual based on their sexuality, and give no other reason as to why that individual was not hired, the individual’s civil rights could be under attack. A civil rights violation is most commonly found in problems with equal opportunity in:
- Land Use
- Lending and Credit
- Public Accommodations
- Government Benefits and Services
- Health Care Services
Under the law, citizens are entitled to equal rights for:
- Marital Status
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation
Civil rights cases entirely depend on the situation in which a violation may have a occurred. Smaller private companies regulations are different than, for example, a public company. The only way to really know is to talk to an expert attorney. An attorney can evaluate your situation, and then subsequently explain all options available to you.
A criminal violation requires the use of threat or force. Usually in a criminal case, a specific person is accused (instead of an organization). Common criminal civil rights violations could be hate crimes, involuntary servitude, property damage, and others.
In any potential civil rights violations, there may be multiple victims. There may also be several laws being violated at the same time. It is imperative, if you believe that you have had your civil rights violated, it is important to talk to an attorney. These types of cases can be complicated and lengthy, and an attorney can help immensely.