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What is discrimination? How do we fight discrimination?

In human social behavior, discrimination is treatment or

consideration of making a distinction towards, a person The gender pay gap devalues women and their work to
Equal pay/Compensation Discrimination- The equal pay
based on the group, class, or category to which the only 78 cents on the dollar as compared to men. Many
Act requires that men and women in the same workplace
person is perceived to belong. people don’t realize, let alone discuss, the fact that Native
be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs need not be
Americans get shot by police more than any other group.
identical, buy they must be substantially equal. Job
Types of discrimination content (not job titles) determines whether jobs are
And even as we make strides towards LGBT equality,
organizations like the Boy Scouts of America still permit
substantially equal. All forms of pay covered by this law,
discrimination and hate crimes against transgender people
including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, stock options,
is on the rise, up 13 percent in the last year.
profit sharing and bonus plans, life insurance, vacation and
Harassment- is a form of employment discrimination that holiday pay, cleaning or gasoline allowances, hotel These are all expressions of institutionalized
violates title VII of the civil rights Act of 1964 the age accommodation, reimbursement for travel expenses and discrimination, and it’s been shown by scientific research
discrimination in employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the any more works. If there is an inequality in waves between to wreak havoc in the personal and professional lives of
Americans with disabilities Act 0f 1990, (ADA). Harassment me and women, employers may not reduce the wages of the average American citizen.
is unwelcome conduct that is based on race color, religion, either sex equalize their pay.
sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or Studies have shown that gender discrimination is
older), disability or genetic information. Harassment associated with increased risk for drug abuse and is a
becomes unlawful where 1 enduring the offensive conduct critical factor in determining women’s health.
becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2 the Homophobia puts LGBT people at significantly greater risk
conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work for depression, anxiety, drug abuse, and suicide. Racism
environment that a reasonable person would consider Race/Color discrimination- Race discrimination involves has also been shown to increase blood pressure and
intimae-dating, hostile, hostile, or abusive. treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably mortality.
because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal
characteristics associated with race. Color discrimination Mental and physical health effects are compounded for
involves treating someone unfavorably because the those who experience multiple forms of discrimination.
person is married to a person of a certain race or color. They also result in increased risk of absences from work,
increased rates of employment termination, and cost our
Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or national economy untold millions of dollars.
other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities
Act, as amended, or the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, National origin discrimination- involves treating people Whether you’re on the front lines of a social movement or
treats a quality individual with a disability who is an (applicants or employees) unfavorably because they are struggling with discrimination in your daily life, it can be
employee or applicant unfavorably because he/she a from a particular country or part of the word, because of difficult to survive, let alone find your way forward. Here
disability. Learn more about the Act at ADA at 25. ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a are five important tips to help you in your journey:
Disability discrimination also occurs when a covered certain ethnic background (even if they are not). National
employer or other entity treats an applicant or employee origin discrimination also can involve treating people
less favorably because she/he has a history of a disability. unfavorably because they are married to (or associated) a
person of a certain national origin. Discrimination can
occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the
discrimination are the same national origin.