Discrimination Law

Discrimination Law

Discrimination in the workplace.

What is discrimination and how do you deal with it?

    What is discrimination?

    Everywhere we look, we see differences in wealth, power, and status. Some groups have higher status and greater privilege than others. This inequality in the system is what we call social stratification.
    In this unequal social system, there is often unfair treatment directed against certain individuals or social groups.
    This is referred to as discrimination. Discrimination can be based on many different characteristics—age, gender, weight, ethnicity, religion, or even politics. For example, prejudice and discrimination based on race is called racism. Oftentimes, gender prejudice or discrimination is referred to as sexism.
    Discrimination is often the outcome of prejudice—a pre-formed negative judgment or attitude. Prejudice leads people to view certain individuals or groups as inferior.

    Discrimination in the workplace

    Let’s first look at where discrimination can occur. An example we notice in everyday life is salary differences! There are often obvious salary differences among across genders and race groups. In the workplace, there is sometimes wage discrimination. An example of gender wage discrimination is when an employer pays a woman less than a man for the same work. 

    Normally, jobs with higher occupational prestige or status pay more. These types of jobs are often viewed as those that require higher skills and qualifications or higher-level jobs. We can see from the above table that women’s average incomes are lower than men’s in nearly all job categories.

    Other Types of Discrimination

    • Age;
    • Caring responsibilities;
    • Disability;
    • Gender Identity;
    • Intersex status;
    • Marital Status;
    • Pregnancy;
    • Race;
    • Sex (including sexual harassment);
    • Sexual Orientation.

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