As far as we like to think we have come—as free-thinking and racially diverse as America tries to portray itself in films and other media, racial discrimination is still a very real problem. Discrimination is often the only reason a person ends up struggling with a civil rights case.
As President Barack Obama has noted, civil rights are at the core of how our nation runs. If businesses don’t abide by civil rights laws when choosing whether to hire a black applicant, a white applicant, or a Latino applicant, it may seem like an isolated incident among individuals. It’s not. It’s affecting the way the entire country runs, and your civil rights case is, too.
Because discrimination and ignorance of civil rights is so far reaching, there are people you can go to just for this kind of case in court: civil attorneys. If you think a regular lawyer will do, think again — civil attorneys know the ins and outs of civil rights, and they can help you. If someone has discriminated against you and you’re not sure how to fight back, a civil attorney will help you form a strategy and get justice.
All Americans have equal civil rights—as an American citizen, and as a human being. Your skin color and ethnic background should play no part in how qualified you are for a certain job, or whether your salary matches that of your coworkers. It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s astounding how many businesses will play favorites, coming up with insignificant “reasons” for why they didn’t hire a black applicant instead of a white one.