I was denied at over 10 places due to my past sex offense. I finally found a guy that would overlook my past who had a substandard apartment for $600/month. He asked if I wanted to see it before I moved in. I told him… “NO, I’m glad you are willing to give me a chance.” Somehow he understood. It was a vacant apartment for quite some time. So he is happy with the added income.
Currently Civil Rights Act (Fair Housing Act) of 1968, Sec. 804. [42 U.S.C. 3604]
At a federal level, the only protected classes are:
- Familial Status, including having children or being pregnant
- National Origin, or
- Mental or Physical Disability
[su_tab title=”Related links” anchor=”related-links”] Sex Offenders Are Not a Protected Class, Are They? [/su_tab]
I was told by the manager at Next Generation Wireless (a US Cellular dealership) that I was “one of the hardest working employees he has ever had”, and that he would love to keep me employed, but “this was out of his control.” He had been told by his boss to escort me to the door and let me go because of my past. On the application it asked if I was convicted of a crime within the past 7 years. I was NOT. I never lied on my job application. I even put on the application that I will discuss during the interview.
Why did this take place? I was turned in a by jealous coworker because I got the position that he wanted at another NGW store. He emailed my sex offender registration online profile to the higher ups… and I was gone. This is all “LEGAL” even if I was the hardest worker at that location.
My biggest mistake, and the one I will regret the most, still haunts me to this day.
I have spent over seven years of my life inside prison and/or jail due to the biggest mistake that I wish I never made. I’ll never be proud of what I did, or that I went to prison. I self-sabotaged the rest of my life due to my sexual compulsion that was left unchecked for far too long. I needed help, and I even looked for it. I was “treated” with depression medication and no specialized therapy. Unfortunately, I needed that therapy, and finally received it from the intense curriculum of sex offender treatment.
Pictures taken from inside prison in Georgia
Pictures taken in the summer months in GA’s prison with no Air Conditioning in 100-plus temps. It’s amazing how the body gets used to those temps.
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