A lawyer who loses his or her job due to a wrongful eviction could soon be eligible for a major payout in a federal lawsuit.
Lawyers who lose their jobs due to wrongful evictions can receive up to $10 million in settlements, which could be more if the wrongful eviction is in addition to the loss of a job.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is working on a proposed rule that would amend the federal Fair Housing Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Communications Act to make it easier for workers who lose a job to recover damages.
It is one of several reforms the government is planning to enact, including a bill that would require businesses to provide workers with paid sick days, more training, and protections against discrimination in employment, according to a White House fact sheet released Wednesday.
The rulemaking comes after Congress last year extended unemployment benefits for some 1.2 million workers.
In January, the Department of Labor announced that it would award an additional $25 million to help unemployed workers and their families pay for rent, food, gas and other necessities.
The money is available only to those workers who have lost a job or are seeking jobless relief.