What is “discrimination”?

Published 12/07/2010 09:38 AM   |    Updated 12/07/2010 09:38 AM
What is "discrimination"?

Discrimination is treating someone differently than someone else. However, not all discrimination is against the law. Only different treatment of a person on account of his or her race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age or disability is unlawful according to state and federal civil rights laws. In order to establish such a violation of law, there must be evidence that an employee who is, say, female is being treated less favorably than a male employee UNDER SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. So if the male and female are both frequently 5 minutes late to work, but only the female is disciplined, this could indicate unlawful discrimination.

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