Every Person Should be Aware of Many of Their Basic Legal Rights & Various Issues of Legality
Nowadays people can travel easily all over the world and can also connect with individuals and organizations globally. The more activities you engage in, the more you need to become aware of your legal rights and various issues of legality. Let’s have a look at a few examples of how to protect yourself, and to be aware of your basic rights.
It seems that everyone has a smart phone now and carries a camera in their pocket. It is now quite easy to quickly post or publish your photographs online instantly. Can anyone in a public place take picture of anything they wish, including parks, malls, sport stadiums, and public squares? Yes. Even though it is private property, it still is public space. Just be careful the next time you grab a selfie.
Rules vary from state to state, and even from city to city, so make sure you are aware of the driving laws as you change locations. As with photography, a lot of issues start with your phone. Does the state you are in have a texting ban? Be careful and remember that ignorance of the law is no defense. We recommend never texting whilst driving.
Your Rights as a Tenant
Renting an apartment can be interesting, but also can lead to some legal issues. As always, be sure to catch up on the city and state laws where you are renting. Some issues to bear in mind are Federal anti-discrimination laws, your right to have a service animal, and your right to a habitable home and the ability to retain your security deposit. Your landlord is not allowed to require a deposit that exceeds a limit set by your state’s law. Tenants in older buildings may want to check the lead content of their building.
What are your rights as a worker? Have a look at the National Labor Relations Act. Employers are not allowed to stop workers from talking abut wages or salaries amongst themselves. What is more, whether or not you get overtime pay depends solely on whether your position is exempt (salaried) or non-exempt (hourly, so you must get paid for every hour worked). It is also wise to check out your state’s department of labor for other areas such as safety regulations, break time, and workplace safety.
Your Rights as an Airplane Passenger
Many people are frustrated these days when they go through airport security. Airline passengers, however, have their rights. Be sure to check transportation.gov and see the list of Airline Passenger Protections regarding lost bags and bag fees, additional fees, bumping, and tarmac delays. You may have to get on the phone and do a lot of work, but you do have a list of rights. If, for example, you are bumped from a flight involuntarily, or arrive at your final destination and your luggage is not there, you are entitled to cash, and not vouchers or a future discount.
These are just a few of the legal issues people face in the modern world. Just a little research can help protect you from liability, and can enlighten you regarding your rights.