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What is Discrimination?

Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination

Ageism, or age discrimination is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups because of their age. It is a set of beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values used to justify age based prejudice, discrimination, and subordination.

Gender Discrimination

Gender Discrimination

Discrimination based on gender or sex is a common civil rights violation. Gender Discrimination is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex. This generally is against women, but can also happen with men.

Racial Discrimination

Racial Discrimination

To treat differently a person or group of people based on their racial origins. Generally this involves withholding social benefits, facilities, services, opportunities etc., from someone who should be entitled to them, and are denied on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Religious Discrimination

Religious Discrimination

Religious discrimination involves treating a person unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated differently or harassed because of your real or perceived sexual orientation -- whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual. Unfortunately, unlike race, gender, and other types of discrimination, no one law applies to ban such misconduct across the nation. However, in light of growing awareness of the issue, individual states and employers have increasingly taken steps to prevent and punish instances of sexual orientation discrimination.

Disability Discrimination

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Disability discrimination can either be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination is where you are treated less favorably because of your disability than someone without a disability would be treated in the same circumstances. Indirect discrimination is where there is a rule, policy or practice which seems to apply equally to everyone, but which actually puts disabled people at an unfair disadvantage compared with people who aren't disabled.